Free Online Training Module Helps Families Dealing with Alzheimer's

By: Meredith TerHaar Email
By: Meredith TerHaar Email

Panama City - Alzheimers. By age 85, 30% to 50% of adults show signs of the disease. For family caregivers, dealing with Alzheimer's effects on their loved one can be heartbreaking and stressful. That's why a local in-home senior care provider is spreading the word about a new, and free resource for families. The online training module is called "CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education." It helps families better understand the disease and how to cope with it, as well as offer tips on how to care for the 60% to 70% of Alzheimer's patients still living at home.

Lee Harrell owns the Panama City "Home Instead" Senior Care center. His company provides in-home care for many Alzheimer's patients, and also provides resources for family members. He says the stress of caring for a loved one effected by the disease can take really take a toll on family caregivers. "They have the most difficult job because, number one, they don't know how long the dementia will last until the person passes. Sixty-four percent of all family caregivers pass before the person who actually has Alzheimer's, 64% and it's because of stress," said Harrell.

Harrell says the more family members are educated about the progression of memory loss, they better they are able to cope with it. Which is why the new online module is so helpful. "Many times family members are so busy caring for their loved ones or at work, they don't have time to go to a professional classroom setting. What the online module will do is offer 5 different learning sessions that they can go through, they can do it at their speed with the time they have available," said Harrell.

The website to access the online module, which is also under Newslinks on Home Instead also offers family caregiver training sessions in person at their location on Forest Park Circle in Panama City.

A very famous country singer, Glen Campbell, is himself dealing with Alzheimer's disease. His Goodbye tour is making a stop in Panama City later this month. Campbell will be performing at the Marina Civic Center on July 15th at 7pm. Tickets start at $32.50, you can get them online or at the box office.

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