Events for Elders, Family Members, and Professional Caregivers

The Dementia Experience
More than 120,000 people in Massachusetts are living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms sof memory loss and dementia. Dementia Experience uses sensory modifications and role playing activities to depict real situations that a person living with Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia would face.
Getting dressed, taking your daily medications and preparing a meal, are all simple activities that are severely hindered by cognitive disability.
The Dementia Experience thrusts you into the daily life of someone with dementia:
simulating the physical ailments, frustration, confusion and anxiety that accompanies cognitive impairment.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm
WHERE: Willimansett Center West, 546 Chicopee Street, Chicopee| (413) 388-4370
Please RSVP to Sherry Mayer by January 12th
The Savvy Caregiver Program - training for the non-professional, unpaid caregiver.
Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude that helps them to care for themselves. Become an expert in Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or related dementias! Savvy Caregiver will help you:
Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for,
learn the skills you need to manage daily life,
take control and set goals,
communicate more effectively,
strengthen family resources,
feel better about your caregiving and take care of you!
Classes Conducted by GSSSI Staff members: Brenda Labbe, Caregiver Specialist and Anna Randall, Options Counselor
WHEN: Tuesdays, thru December 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Orchard Valley of Wilbraham, 2387 Boston Road, Wilbraham
Call 413-781-8800 ext. 306. No Walk-ins

Classes Conducted by Brenda Labbe, Caregiver Specialist & Anna Randall, Options Counselor
WHEN: Fridays, January 12 - February 16, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Greater Springfield Senior Services, 66 Industry Avenue, Springfield
Call 413-781-8800 ext. 306. No Walk-ins
Light Refreshments Will Be Served ~ Respite Care Options are Available

More Resources
Click to Download and Print Out PDF: Activities at Home
Medicaid eligibility figures for 2017
Home care programs paid by Medicaid
Planning to avoid antipsychotic medications
Ways to help memory loss patients

Bibliography for Elder Law AttorneysClick to read Elder Law Report ArticleClick to order Learning to Speak Alzheimer's from your local library
Antipsychotics and Dementia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting. March, 2016 Seminar


My 91 yr old husband with vascular dementia and incontinence has become aggressive (attempts to grab, threats of breaking and biting) when we try to change and clean him.