Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

SULLIVAN COUNTY – The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter has several free programs planned in the weeks ahead for caregivers of people with dementia in Sullivan County. Many of the programs are offered in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County.

“Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior” will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26, at Sullivan County Adult Care Center, 256 Sunset Lake Road in Liberty. This program will offer tips to decode behavioral messages from people with dementia, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. To RSVP for this program, contact Julie Dreher at Sullivan County Adult Care Center at 845.292.8640 or Julie.dreher@co.sullivan.ny.us.

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“Healthy living for your brain and body: Tips from the latest research,” will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Liberty Public Library, 189 N. Main St., Liberty. It will also be held from 12:30 to1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Medical Library on the main floor at Catskill Regional Medical Center, 68 Harris Bushville Road, Harris. This program provides information from the latest research on diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and offers hands-on tools to help form a plan for healthy aging. With questions or to RSVP for either program, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

“Living with Alzheimer’s for middle-stage caregivers,” a three-part series, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays May 4, May 11 and May 18, at Sunshine Adult Daycare, 121 Broadway, Monticello.  During the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, those who were care partners become hands-on-caregivers. This program offers helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. This program includes free dinner and respite care during the program. RSVP is required for respite care; contact Jazmin Tejera at jtejara@ssadultdaycare.com or 845.473.6900.

“Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” will be offered from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Medical Library on the main floor at Catskill Regional Medical Center, 68 Harris Bushville Road, Harris. This program offers an overview of the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s to aid early detection, which is important because it allows time to take advantage of drugs that mitigate symptoms, participate in clinical trials and plan for the future. With questions or to RSVP, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

A Wellness Retreat for unpaid Orange and Sullivan county caregivers and care receivers, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Frost Valley YMCA at 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville. The retreat includes separate activities for people with dementia and their caregivers. Activities include crafts, gentle exercise, music and more. Buses are available to the retreat from Wurtsboro, Monticello and Liberty. Lunch is included. RSVP is required; Call 845.292.6180 or email sullivan@cornell.edu to RSVP or visit sullivancce.org.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health and presented by the Caregiver Resource Center, a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Sullivan County Office for the Aging.

The center provides science-based educational programs and support for caregivers assisting individuals who are aging, ill, disabled, or living with dementia-related diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more, visit www.sullivancce.org/home-family/caregiver-resource-center or call 845.292.6180.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Visit www.alz.org/hudsonvalley to learn more or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

Caregivers in need of assistance and support can also call this number for a 24-hour helpline.

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