Posted: Jan 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM [Jan 3, 2013]
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) and the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Michigan and Great Lakes Chapters will host a free training program for families caring for a loved one with a dementia related illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease, on Wednesdays for six weeks, beginning February 6, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Evangelical Homes of Michigan Memory Support Center at Brecon Village (101 Brecon Drive, Saline, MI 48176). The Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC) program has been proven to reduce caregiver stress by empowering caregivers with useful tools and information.
The CCC trainings are held for two hours, once a week for six weeks, at various locations in southeastern Michigan. Caregivers are encouraged to attend all six classes in order to complete the training. Onsite respite care is also be available to participants free of charge. All materials, flyers, and training books are provided by the AAA 1-B, and there is no cost for the caregiver to attend this training. The class is limited to 12 participants. Up to three members from one family can attend a training together.
“The CCC program is unique because it is designed to address very specific challenges that caregivers of a person with dementia experience,” said CCC Trainer Cathy Backos, LPN, and Respite Care Manager at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. “Caregivers should not view this as a support group, but as an opportunity to learn new information and strategies that will make their job easier and more fulfilling.”
This program is supported, in part, by the U.S. Administration on Aging through its Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States, the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, and the Alzheimer’s Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.
To register for the CCC training program, as well as on-site respite care, call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at (800) 852-7795, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.