Home Instead Senior Care in Aurora sets training session for Alzheimer's, dementia caregivers

By Rachel Hagenbaugh | Staff Writer Published:

An elderly home health care center in Aurora will be providing a training session for caregivers of people with dementia, Alzheimer's disease and other related illnesses from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 705 Oakwood St. in Ravenna, room 101.

"We have training for the caregivers at Home Instead Senior Care, and we thought it would be a good idea for those who care for their loved ones who aren't employees to be able to help them as much as we can," said Theresa Dash, human resources manager at Home Instead Senior Care.

The session, which is free and open to the public, will explain what dementia and Alzheimer's disease are, the behaviors associated with each and how caregivers can better manage situations that may arise.

One of the problems caregivers face is the ability to keep their loved ones safe, Dash said. People with Alzheimer's disease or dementia often lose their short-term memory and can only remember things from the past. They may go outside and not know how to get back in or forget the identity of the person caring for them.

"It's very difficult for someone taking care of that person to realize that they still need help and not to take it personal," Dash said. "We want to be as helpful as we can with caregivers when their loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer's."

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1123 or rhagenbaugh@recordpub.com

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