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Caregiver Brunch at LifeSpan Center

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017by kenna.kj

Communication is more than just talking and listening - It’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone and 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. As the disease progresses, the communication skills of a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia will gradually decline. Eventually, he or she will have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions. Challenges associated with communication can lead to frustration. It can be helpful for you to understand what changes may occur so you can prepare and make adjustments. Anticipating these changes and knowing how to respond can help everyone communicate more effectively. Changes in the ability to communicate can vary, and are based on the person and where he or she is in the disease process.

Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease, 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. On September 26th, Elizabeth Haggerman will join us from the Alzheimer’s Association to share tips and strategies to help ease caregiver stressors due to communication challenges. The Family Caregiver Resource Center will be hosting the Caregiver Brunch at your LifeSpan Center. A complementary brunch will be provided by the Villas of Hollybrook Effingham. You will hear a brief informational commercial from their friendly staff about their services and facility. Registration opens at 9:00am and the presentation will begin at 9:30am.  The program will conclude by 11:00am. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend. To reserve your seat, please call 217-639-5150.