September is World Alzheimer's month, and many organizations across the nation, are using this time to bring more awareness to the disease and to help family members cope with the diagnoses of a loved one.
The local Home Instead Senior Care is participating through a variety of ways. First, there is Alzheimer's family workshop series, that features four sessions on two days, October 2nd and 9th, at the Carr Center from to 6 to 8 p.m.
"Well, the workshop covers, Alzheimer's disease and other dementia's,” said Community Services Representative, Molly Lollini. “It also covers capturing life's journey, techniques to handling challenging behaviors and activities to encourage engagement."
Home Instead also offers a free 'Care at Home Kit', which is a collection of tips and resources, to help families handle difficult situations and avoid household accidents.
"Well, the dangers to the disease, obviously is wandering away from the home,” said Sharon Wise, the Office Administrator for Home Instead Senior Care. “The other thing that is a concern to families is the stove, preparing meals, making sure they have a good diet, those are all things that family members have to deal with."
Finally, to help raise money for The Alzheimer's Association, there will be for the first time in Zanesville, a Alzheimer's Walk on September 28th. For more information call Home Instead at 740-453-2100 or check online at helpforalzheimersfamilies.com