Caring for Someone with Dementia

Caring for Someone with Dementia

Are you caring for someone with dementia? Perhaps a spouse, parent, sibling, or friend. You are not alone! Being a caregiver for someone with dementia is not easy, even if you don’t think of yourself as a traditional “caregiver.” Whether you have full responsibility for someone with dementia or take meals to your neighbor once a week, you are a caregiver and you are vital to that person’s well-being.

Just like a job, caring for someone with dementia takes specific skills that need to be learned. Fortunately, West Michigan has a large offering of classes and trainings to help you as a caregiver learn the skills you need to provide effective care. Here are a few options:

Family Caregiver University – Monthly two-hour classes each teaching a different caregiving skill. Click the link or call 616-222-7032.

Alzheimer’s Series – A three part series offering information about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, legal and financial issues, and strategies for navigating the dementia journey. Click the link or call 800-272-3900.

Living with Alzheimer’s, Mid Stage – A class for caregivers of individuals with mid-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Click the link or call 800-272-3900.

Secondary Caregivers – A three part series specifically for people who are part of a care team but not the primary caregiver, such as an adult child, other family member, or friend. Click the link or call 800-272-3900.

A group of over 150 organizations in West Michigan have teamed up to form the Caregiver Resource Network, which exists to provide for the needs of family and professional caregivers, and improve the quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients.  To find out more about the Caregiver Resource Network, please visit their website.