The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 30, 2012

Free class planned to aid those caring for Alzheimer’s patients

— “Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is a situation that can utterly consume the lives and well-being of the people giving care, just as the disorder consumes its victim,” according to Leeza Gibbons, Alzheimer’s advocate and caregiver.

Raleigh County Commission on Aging will present a free class Friday, Oct. 5, to assist Al-zheimer’s caregivers in dealing with what can become an all-consuming task. The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Class is intended to help caregivers understand why the person with Alzheimer’s behaves the way he does, and how to deal with him in the most compassionate manner, while maintaining the caregiver’s well-being.

Members of the class will receive at least three free books: Joanne Koenig Coste’s “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s,” “The Alz-heimer’s Caregiver Class Notebook,” and “Caregivers Handbook” prepared by the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter. Brochures on each class topic will be provided by the Alzhei-mer’s Association.

Class topics will include: Basics of Alzhei-mer’s, Communicating with a Person who has Alzheimer’s, Common Behaviors of Alzheimer’s Disease, Safety Issues, Activities, Legal and Financial Issues, Caregiver Stress.

The Basics of Alzhei-mer’s class will be taught by Jane Marks, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter. The remaining classes will be taught by Terri Tilley, R.N., an employee of Raleigh County Commission on Aging.

The class will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha St., Beckley. Lunch will be provided.

Anyone interested in attending must pre-register by calling Tilley at 304-255-1397.