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Dementia Workshop

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This series of workshops is designed for support persons, caregivers and individuals living with Dementia and memory loss.

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Facilitated by the Caregivers Network of Alberta and funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, this series of 90-minute workshops will feature the following topics:

    Recognizing Dementia January 19

    • What are the early signs and symptoms of dementia and how can we better manage our lives affected by it? Discover strategies for success in handling this diagnosis.

    Managing the Challenges of Dementia January 26

    • What gets labeled as "behaviors" around a dementia diagnosis is actually barriers in communication and comprehension. Dementia causes roadblocks to normal perception and can therefore cause negative reactions. Discover what you can do different to reduce challenging situations.

    Navigating Care after a Dementia Diagnosis February 2

    • Learn how to recognize what services may be available in order to increase your confidence and understanding of support systems. We'll also include techniques for communicating effectively and preparing for appointments with health care and social service professionals.

    Managing Stress February 9

    • Take a closer look at caregiver stress and how it affects your personal well-being. Learn how you can avoid burnout and explore ways to foster resiliency, hope and seek a better balance in caregiving.

    Re-labeling Guilt: Understanding our Emotions February 16

    • Caregivers often have very high and therefore, unrealistic expectations of themselves. Adopt new strategies for overcoming unhealthy patterns of guilt and better understand your emotions and feelings.

    Negotiating Through Conflicts February 23

    • Conflict is a normal part of human life, and most definitely arises in the caregiving journey. Learn how to negotiate through conflict and improve your overall health and well-being.

    Living in Limbo with Ambiguous Grief and Loss March 3

    • Caregivers of persons with dementia often experience a sense of prolonged loss. It is a constant, daily reminder of just how challenging this disease can be. This session will explore how to embrace an ever-changing relationship and celebrate what remains.

    Empowering the Mind, Body and Spirit March 9

    • You can't give from an empty cup. If we want to be healthy caregivers, we must take care of our entire body, mind and spirit. Get familiar with muscle tension in your body and discover how thoughts and beliefs can empower positive change in your life.

Please note, individuals are welcome to attend select few or all sessions. By attending the live session, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the facilitators through two-way communications.

Meeting recording will be available on the City of Lloydminster's website (www.lloydminster.ca/FCSSEvents) following the live session for a limited period of time.

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