A free month-long virtual workshop that provides participants with information and guidance on four types of holistic therapy, including aromatherapy, music and art therapy, and yoga.

In February, the Alzheimer Association, Georgia Chapter, is offering any dementia or Alzheimer caregiver a new free month-long workshop that will explain how holistic approaches like aromatherapy, music and art therapy, and yoga are the daily lives of 540,000 unpaid caregivers in Georgia can influence positively. One of the four workshops takes place every Wednesday in February. The first workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Often times we seek medical intervention when helping someone with dementia who is experiencing behavioral changes, but there are alternative options that can help,” added Rebekah Davis, program director, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “Using options like this is important to ensure a more holistic approach to care. Alternate approaches can create a more meaningful experience for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia, ”Davis added.

Each workshop has a special guest who is an expert in various therapies:

• Wednesday. February 3 – Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia with Aromatherapy. A special guest is Jamie Gilbert, a certified aromatherapist.
• Wednesday February 10th – Dementia-Related Behaviors with Music Therapy. Danna Lee Smith from Music Links is a special guest.
• Wednesday, February 17th – Effective Communication Strategies with Art Therapy. Justin Davis from Mercy Care Rome is a special guest.
• Wednesday, February 24th – Healthy Living for the Brain and Body with Yoga. Kathy Alvarez from Steel Power Yoga is a special guest.

To register for Dementia Care: A Holistic Approach Series, visit http://bit.ly/36bVyXW. The programs are free, but registration is required. Once registered, attendees will receive conference details prior to the date of each virtual program.

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The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter continues to offer free virtual education programs and online support groups to help all caregivers in Georgia and their families. Launched in early April in response to the effects of COVID-19 on people with dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association now offers a range of educational programs to help people with Alzheimer’s and their families understand what to expect in order to respond Are prepared Make the changes.

Other free educational programs in February include:

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s
Wednesday, February 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Advances in Science: The Latest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research
Tuesday, February 9, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Learning to Let Go – How to Move Forward with a Diagnosis and 10 Warning Signs
Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dementia and Diabetes: An Approach to Healthy Living
Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Tips for nurses after early diagnosis: understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior
Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

What is hospice? Learn more about services and late-stage dementia
Part 1 – Wednesday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Part 2 – Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Understand and respond to dementia-related behavior
Thursday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Healthy life for the brain and body
Thursday, February 18, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dementia and Mental Health and Understanding of Dementia-Related Behavior
Monday, February 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Love Yourself: The Importance of Self-Care for Caregivers
Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each virtual education program lasts approximately an hour to an hour and a half and allows the audience to ask questions and engage with others who are going through the journey online.

More than 16 million family members and friends, including 540,000 in Georgia, care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States unpaid. To help family carers find their way around the current complex and rapidly changing environment, the Alzheimer’s Association has provided families with additional guides at alz.org/covid19help.

Additional facts and figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)
• Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
• More than five million Americans are living with the disease, including 150,000 Georgia residents – a number that is projected to grow to 190,000 by 2025.
• More than 16 million family members and friends, including 540,000 in Georgia, provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States.
• In 2019, friends and family of Alzheimer’s patients in Georgia provided an estimated 615 million hours of unpaid care, a contribution worth over $ 8 billion.

Further information is available at alz.org/georgia or by calling the 24/7 hotline at 800.272.3900.

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