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Savvy Caregiver workshop for people caring for a loved one with dementia coming to Wayland in October
By Douglas Flynn / October 2, 2017

Caregiving MetroWest Program Manager Douglas Flynn and BayPath Elder Services Caregiver Specialist Alicia Rego will be teaching another offering of the Savvy Caregiver workshop this fall in Wayland.

The six-week training works with individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia to help them better understand the disease, why it causes certain behaviors, how to better handle those behaviors and the need to take care of themselves as well as their loved one.  

Flynn and Rego will next bring the course to Wayland, where Royal Wayland Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (188 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA) has generously offered to host us. This class will meet on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m., starting on October 17 and ending on November 21.
We are also pleased to announce that through an Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program grant, qualified caregivers can receive respite care for their loved ones while they attend the classes at no cost.
Registration is required to join the class. For more information about the program and the free respite services or to register, call 508-573-7239.

The Savvy Caregiver Program recognized that t
aking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge and a positive attitude that helps them to care for themselves. 

The Savvy Caregiver workshop will help you:

- Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person you are caring for.
- Learn the skills you need to manage daily life.
- Take control and set goals. 
- Communicate more effectively.
- Strengthen family resources.
- Feel better about your caregiving.
- Take care of you.

Check out this video testimonial from one participant detailing the benefits of the program.

"I am so thankful for this caregiver program because it has allowed me to improve the quality of my life by giving myself permission to reclaim my life," says Mary Ann in the video. "You have to save yourself. If you are not a good caregiver, if you are burned out, if you are depressed, you are of no use to your loved one. ... I just can't thank the staff of Savvy Caregiver enough because it made all the difference in the world."

That video is courtesy of the Healthy Living Center of Excellence and Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, which oversee the implementation of the program in Massachusetts and train instructors to lead the workshop.

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