Hospice Services of Lake County and the Redwood Caregivers Resource Center to Host “Power of Caregiving” — A Workshop Designed for Family Caregivers 

Hospice Services of Lake County and the Redwood Caregivers Resource Center will present a free two-part workshop designed to help individuals caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other neurocognitive disorder.

The “Power of Caregiving” workshop will be held on Saturdays, April 20 and 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 1862 Parallel Drive. Lunch and snacks will be provided for participants, and arrangements for respite care may be available with advance notice.

The presenting agencies recognize that caring for a loved one or client with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other neurocognitive disorder can forever change the lives of families and caregivers. There can be devastating effects on those providing long-term care, from financial pressures and legal quandaries to health problems and emotional turmoil.

The workshop is intended to provide a supportive, educational opportunity to help participants increase peace of mind and understanding of caregiving and to feel less isolated and stressed by providing awareness of resources and widening their support systems.

In this two-part series, individuals who care for persons with dementia and other neurocognitive disorders will be given tools to increase their abilities to understand the challenging dementia-related behaviors. The tools will also aid the caregivers in efforts to communicate and remain “connected” with the family members and to understand common causes for family members’ resistance to allowing caregivers to provide personal care.

Workshop instructor Alexis Glidewell, LCSW, will help participants explore feelings of denial and guilt and will offer tools for handling frustration that may occur for the full-time caregiver. She will offer suggestions for self-care activities and encourage participants to share their own successful tools for maintaining energy and compassion while providing care for a loved one or special client.

Glidewell, a member of the Geriatric Medicine Clinic in Santa Rosa, is associated with the Redwood Caregivers Resource Center, sharing her expertise in teaching classes and facilitating workshops and support groups.

For more information about the workshop and to register, call (707) 263-6222, or email jscitron@lakecountyhospice.org.

Hospice Services of Lake County’s mission is to support people by providing the highest quality medical, emotional and spiritual care that helps patients and their families who are navigating the end-of-life journey. For more information, call Hospice Services of Lake County, (707) 263-6222. Find us on Facebook or visit the organization’s website at www.lakecountyhospice.org

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