Gerber Memorial program to help people understand Alzheimer’s-related behavior is June 28 at Tamarac
Fremont- Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial will host its special quarterly program designed to help families coping with Alzheimer’s disease on June 28 at Tamarac, 1401 West Main Street in Fremont. The program titled “Understanding dementia-related behavior” is set to run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features Sarah Hicks of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s West Shore Region.
“Behavior is a powerful form of communication, and it’s one of the main ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs when they can’t speak or use language anymore,” said Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Sally Wagoner, RN, who oversees the hospital’s Alzheimer’s support program. Wagoner is also the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter’s West Shore Region volunteer of the year for 2017.
“Some behaviors can be very challenging for caregivers to manage,” Wagoner said. “We’d like to invite everyone in our community who is facing Alzheimer’s to join us and learn how to read behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn ways to address some of the most common behavioral challenges related to Alzheimer’s disease.”
To register for a space or for information, please call Wagoner at 231.924.7589.
Gerber Memorial also offers a monthly Alzheimer-Dementia support group for people with memory loss and their families. It meets the fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Tamarac. No registration is needed to join the support group.