Events for Elders, Family Members, and Professional Caregivers

Caregivers Support Group for professionals and family members assisting someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia.
Many family members and professionals need support as they provide 24/7 care to loved ones and clients with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Meetings will be held at the life plan community twice per month on the first Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the third Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. A free light meal will be offered at each session.
WHEN: Thursday October 26, 2017 at noon
Glenmeadow Retirement Community | 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow
The program is free but reservations are required by calling Laura Lavoie at 413-355-5905. To learn more, read blog on the group.
The Brain: Aging and Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Jonathan Jackson, instructor of Neurology at Harvard Medicacl School and Massachusetts General Hospital, updates current research findings in early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Also information on upcoming clinical trials that aim to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
WHEN: Thrsday, October 19, 2017 6:30 PM Reception with light refreshments; Presentation 7:00- 8:30 pm
Bay Path University, Breck Suite at Wright Hall, 588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow
Call the Alzheimer's Association for information: (800) 272-3900
Pre-diabetes—What is it? What are the Risk Factors? And What Changes Could I Consider to Help Myself?
Patty Moriarty, RN, CDE will speak about what Prediabetes is, risk factors, treatment and diet tips.
Meghan Higgins, Exercise Physiologist, will talk about exercise and ways to add more physical activity into your lifestyle.
A question and answer session will follow.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mercy LIFE, 200 Hillside Circle, West Springfield (formerly called 2112 Riverdale Street)
contact Trina Weiswasser at 413-827-4279.
Stepping Stones - Learn how to be proactive and provide proper care for aging and how to assess needs now and in the future.
Learn how to graciously step through the stages of senior care. Caring Transitions will explain down sizing and senior relocation. All participants will take home a delicious meal for 2.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Monastary Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care, 110 Monastary Avenue, West Springfield. RSVP at (413) 781-1282
Practical Interventions when working with Alzheimer ’s disease
Nearly everyone’s life has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. We all have something to learn or share about Alzheimer’s disease. Join us on Alzheimer’s Learning℠ Day so, together, we can be better prepared to care for individuals with dementia.
WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2017; Breakfast at 8:00 am, Presentation at 8:30 am
Orchard Valley at Wilbraham,2387 Boston Road Wilbraham, MA 01095
RSVP to Allison Baker at 781-530-7850 or email
The Importance of Medical Advocacy in Your Health care
Do you know how to advocate for yourself and for your family members in today’s complicated healthcare system? In this presentation, learn how to navigate the healthcare system to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the best care possible. Discover the importance of having a health care proxy and the problems you can avoid. Constructive ideas and helpful hints will be shared with participants.
Presenter Alice Leveston, MSW, LICSW, BCD, is the social worker for Baystate Medical Center’s Inpatient Palliative Care and Geriatrics Services. She has extensive experience working with patients and families facing serious illness and end of life issues. Alice received her MSW from the University of Connecticut and is currently a eld supervisor for Smith College School for Social Work.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
Memory Cafe
Activities, conversation and support for caregivers and their loved ones with Alzhiemer's dementia or other memory loss. A social gathering in a dafe, supportive and engaging enviornment.
WHEN: First Tuesdays of every month, November 7, and December 5, 2017 from 10:30 am - 12 noon
East Longmeadow Public Library. (413) 525-5400 x 1508
Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
O'Connell Care At Home,1 Federal St Ste 1, Springfield, MA 01105 Link to Registration
Call the Alzheimer's Association for information: (800) 272-3900
Oh My Aching Hands

Do you struggle with carpal tunnel, osteoarthritis or tendonitis? Come learn more about common hand injuries, management and treatment, and preventative strategies with a certified hand therapist. This program is appropriate for those who are currently experiencing hand symptoms or are trying to prevent future problems.
Presenter Kimberly Gross graduated from Springield College with a B.S. in Rehabilitation and a M. Ed in Occupational Therapy. She received her Certi ed Hand Therapy credential in 2009 and currently works at ATI Physical Therapy at the JCC.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure
The Savvy Caregiver Program
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, l earn the skills you need to manage daily life, take control and set goals, communicate more effectively, strengthen family resources, feel better about your caregivin and take care of you!
Classes Conducted by GSSSI Staff members: Brenda Labbe, Caregiver Specialist and Anna Randall, Options Counselor
Tuesdays, Nov. 7— Dec. 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Orchard Valley of Wilbraham, 2387 Boston Road, Wilbraham
Call 413-781-8800 ext. 306. Class Size is Limited So Register By Nov. 1st! No Walk-ins
Light Refreshments Will Be Served ~ Respite Care Options Available
Genealogy: Amy Cohen’s Search for her Family’s History
Like so many people, Amy Cohen wished she had asked her aging family members more questions while she had the chance. Driven to learn more about her family’s history, she began researching her genealogy, which ultimately led to her book about how immigrants adapted to their newly adopted home in America. Learn about Amy’s genealogy journey and her process which can help you to discover more about your own family history and avoid common stumbling blocks.
SPRINGFIELD JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street click for brochure

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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


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