Online support classes offered for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and chronic illnesses in July

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Valley News - Health

RIVERSIDE – The physical and emotional toll on people who take care of their older family members, especially caring for those living with chronic health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are great. A new series of virtual classes in July will give caregivers information on how chronic conditions can affect personality and decision-making, additional coping skills and community resources.

The Office on Aging’s Care Pathways classes are free and designed for family members who care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions. The program will begin virtually the week of July 6.

The weekly workshops focus on information and support to family caregivers who face challenges managing caregiving responsibilities for a family member who is 60 years of age or older. This series of weekly workshops will cover topics, including living with dementia, preventing caregiver burnout, talking to the doctor and understanding legal issues. 

The workshops are led by experienced facilitators who understand the challenges that family caregivers face and also provide powerful tools to manage tasks with confidence and increase self-care.

Registration is required and is open to all Riverside County residents. The classes will be held on Zoom, a free online video meeting service. Technical assistance will be provided for those unfamiliar with the online meeting tool. 

To register for this series of free workshops, call the Riverside County Office on Aging at (951) 867-3800. Home care assistance can be arranged to attend the class by requesting respite at the time of registration.

The Care Pathways program is funded through Riverside University Health System-Behavioral Health, through the California Mental Health Service Act.

Submitted by Riverside County Office on Aging.