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 such as aromatherapy, music and art therapy, and yoga support the daily lives of 540,000 unpaid people in Georgia can positively influence caregivers. A workshop takes place every Wednesday in February. The first workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd, from 2.30 p.m. to 30.30 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 3rd – 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.

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 Alzheimer’s Warning Signs – Wednesday, February 3, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Advances in Science: The Latest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research – Tuesday, February 9, from 12pm to 1pm

Learning to Let Go – How to Move Forward with a Diagnosis and 10 Warning Signals – Wednesday, February 10th, 10-11: 30am

Dementia and Diabetes: An Approach to a Healthy Living – Wednesday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Tips for nurses after early diagnosis: Understanding and reacting to dementia-related behavior – Tuesday, February 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

What is hospice? Learn About Services and Late-Stage Dementia Part 1 – Wednesday, February 17, 10am to 12pm; Part 2 – Wednesday, February 24th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior – Thursday, February 18, 10 am-11:30am; Tuesday, February 23, from 12pm to 1pm

Healthy living for the brain and body – Thursday, February 18, from 2 p.m.

Dementia and Mental Health and Understanding Dementia-Related Behaviors – Monday, February 22nd, 10 am-11:30am

Love Yourself: The Importance of Self-Care for Caregivers – Thursday, February 25th, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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.

Further information is available at alz.org/georgia or by calling 800.272.3900.