Caregiving At Home

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec

Caregivers — sometimes referred to as informal caregivers — are unpaid individuals who help assist others with daily living and/or medical tasks. Oftentimes, caregivers are a spouse, partner, family member, friend or neighbor. The work is important and often not easy. You’re not alone. Join our experts and fellow attendees who, like you, are considering the tasks of caregiving. Held at our Meramec campus, this series covers a range of helpful topics to support you and, ultimately, those for whom you care.

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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer's is not normal aging. It's a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us in this interactive class to learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, Alzheimer's disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, Alzheimer's Association free resources.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P01 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association | Feb. 26 | MC-CE

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Have you ever wondered if the changes you or a loved one are experiencing is a normal part of aging or something to be concerned about? It's time to learn the facts! Join the Alzheimer's Association to learn the ten warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, understand how to get a diagnosis, identify the risks of Alzheimer's and understand the benefits of early detection. This interactive workshop features video clips of people living with Alzheimer's disease.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P02 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association | March 5 | MC-CE

Healthy Living for your Body and Brain

We've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. Now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. We will discuss diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P03 | Tu 6-8 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association | March 12 | MC-CE

Caregiving at Home or in a Facility... Which is Better?

The need for caregiving in the home may occur suddenly with an illness or injury or, as with chronic illness or frailty due to aging; it may develop over a period of time. There are a variety of factors to be considered when the need for caregiving arises. This session will explore and compare home-based and facility-based options when individuals need increased assistance with everyday tasks. There will be a discussion as to the range of services provided through home care agencies, including non-medical support such as housekeeping, shopping and errands, bathing and personal care and medical services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and wound care. We will explore community services such as adult day care and respite care that may be beneficial to caregivers who wish to continue providing care for their loved one in the community. There will be a discussion about the different levels of facility-based care, including skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P04 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Chien Hung | March 11 | MC-SO 108
• NOTE: Classroom and date has changed.

Medications and Pain Management

Learn about medications and current trends in pain management for the senior. While this course is primarily for the nonprofessional caregiver, portions of the course may be very useful to professionals providing care for family or friends.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P05 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Catherine Kush MSN BSN RN GNP-BC | MC-SO, 107

Legal Matters Affecting Seniors or Disabled Persons

Paying for long-term care is a problem facing a lot of senior citizens and disabled adults. This course will cover the benefits available through the Veterans Administration (for veterans and their spouses). The course will also address how Medicare and Medicaid might play a role in paying for long-term care. Finally, long-term care insurance will be discussed. The history of long-term care insurance and different options to look for. Learn about eligibility requirements as well as techniques and strategies to become eligible. Class is designed for seniors who are facing such costs or worrying about the future costs as well as family members who are providing care for their parents. Taught by Paul Gantner, an elder care and accredited VA attorney.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P06 | M 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Amen, Gantner & Capriano Attorneys at Law | April 1 | MC-SO, 107

Do No Harm: Proper Body Mechanics

How do you safely move a senior in bed, transfer and assist with walking? Learn the proper body mechanics that will assure the safety of the person being assisted and the caregiver. Please wear flat shoes and slacks for this session.
AHCE:701 | 1 session | $24.25 Age 60+ | $35 Regular
P07 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Paula Herries AAS PTA | April 30 | MC-AS, 104

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