WorkLife Programs to host series focusing on Alzheimer's, caregiving

August 31, 2012  

The Alzheimer's Association is bringing an education series to campus, hosted by WorkLife Programs and designed to provide valuable information to both those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.

The three-part program for those with Alzheimer's is designed to coordinate with the early-stage program for their caregivers. Two subsequent programs for caregivers only are offered for the middle and late stages of the disease.

Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's
Sept. 11, 18, 25. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310.

The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. "What will this mean for me and my family?" "How do I plan for the future?" "Where can I get the help I need?" This program is an interactive three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. Discussion will include what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. This program will cover information for people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia who are in the early stage of the disease.


Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers

* Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease
Sept. 11, 18, 25. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 310.

This first series of programs, geared toward caregivers, describes the symptoms of the early stage of Alzheimer's disease; explains the legal, financial and resource planning that needs to be done; and explains the various components of a care team and how to successfully work with each component during the early stage of the disease.

* Middle Stage Alzheimer's Disease
Oct. 9, 16, 23. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318.

 In this series, caregivers will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer's and learn about the relationship changes that occur in this stage. Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care will be discussed, as well as effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors.

* Late Stage Alzheimer's Disease
Nov. 6 and 13. 6-8 p.m. Stewart Center, Rooms 310 and 313.

The final phase of the program hosts two sessions on the late stage of Alzheimer's disease. Caregivers will learn the concept of the self in this stage, as well as learn effective ways to communicate, connect and provide daily care. The program also will cover late-stage care options and explain how to access and evaluate them.

Purdue employees and their spouses/same-sex domestic partners will register for this offering by going to and logging in with their career account and password. The program is also open to the community.

To register for these or other offerings, go to, select "Register for classes" and log in with your career account and password, or call WorkLife Programs at 49-45461.

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