The Learning Series helps people with dementia, their families and friends to live as well as possible with the disease.
The courses build upon each other to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, available resources and support.
Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia.
First steps for people with dementia and caregivers
This series is to help individuals newly diagnosed with a dementia and their caregivers understand their diagnosis and the changes they experience.
This series will also offer participants an opportunity to share and connect with others embarking on a similar journey.
- What is dementia
- Memory loss, changes to the brain and their effect on behaviours
- Coping strategies
- Drugs, treatment and research
- Future planning – legal and financial matters
- Community resources and support
Next steps for families and friends
This series will offer family members and friends caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias an overview of the disease. The topics discussed in this series will be much the same as those listed above under First Steps.
This series will offer family members and friends careing for people with Alzheimer’s disasese and other dementias problem solving strategies, approaches for communication and available avenues for support, all of which can strengthen their ability to provide care. Topics discussed at this series will include:
- The progression of the disease
- Understanding behaviour
- Day to day care
- Community resources
Options for care
This series is to help family members and friends caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias evaluate their current care giving needs and explore other possible care options available, including long term care. The following topics will be discussed in this series:
- Where to turn when care needs are increasing
- Long Term Care – how the system works
- Coping with changes
Care in later stages
This series is to help family members and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias understand what to expect in the later stages of dementia. The following topics will be discussed in this series:
- Understanding the experiences of grief and loss
- Learning about the later stages
- Recognizing pain and distress
- Providing care that promotes dignity, comfort and quality of life