The Ottumwa Courier

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November 30, 2012

Free Alzheimer’s Education Session Dec. 5

PELLA — Pella Regional Health Center and Home Instead Senior Care are offering a free Alzheimer’s Education Session on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7 – 8 pm in the Comfort House meeting room at 505 Union Street. The session consists of three main topics: Techniques to Manage Behaviors; Activities to Encourage Engagement; and Caring for Yourself While Caring for a Loved One.

“Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be both frightening and exhausting,” said Jonna Wisnieski, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office. “Knowledge and support helps to make this very difficult job more manageable.”

The goal of the workshop is to help families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence.

“Alzheimer’s is an under-utilized diagnosis in hospice, but it is a diagnosis we are trained to help significantly with,” said Jill Villalobos, director of hospice with Pella Regional. “We’re excited to partner with Home Instead and bring this valuable information to the community.”

Home Instead Senior Care

Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible.  In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and EducationSM Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum also is available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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