Office on Aging offers support for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and chronic illnesses

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Valley News - Health

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The Care Pathways series of classes for family members who care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions is being offered for free through the Riverside County Office on Aging.

Attendees will receive information on community resources, acquire skills to cope with changing demands and better understand how dementia affects personality and decision making. The Care Pathways program will begin the week of Jan. 6, in key locations of Riverside County including: Riverside, Perris, Mead Valley Moreno Valley, Menifee, Hemet and in the Coachella Valley.

This program provides a series of weekly workshops designed to offer information and support to family caregivers who face challenges managing their caregiving responsibilities for a family member, 60 years of age or older. The classes are offered in both English and Spanish; some classes are offered in the evening for caregivers balancing work and eldercare.

The 12 workshops will cover subjects such as: living with dementia, preventing caregiver burnout, managing medications, talking to the doctor, understanding legal issues, stress prevention, communicating in challenging situations and more. The workshops are conducted in a supportive setting, with facilitators who understand the challenges that caregivers face and who can provide powerful tools to assist caregivers to manage their tasks with confidence, increase their self-care and thrive.

To register for the series of free workshops, call the Riverside County Office on Aging at (951) 867-3800 or (800) 510-2020. Depending on funding, home care can be arranged at no cost for the care recipient; request respite assistance at the time of registration.

The Riverside County Office on Aging received Prevention and Early Intervention funding through Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health /Mental Health Service Act, for these caregiver classes operating throughout Riverside County. This program was recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as a nationally recognized “Bright Idea” for its innovative design and implementation.

Submitted by Riverside County.