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Programs in Woodburn help teach how to care for those suffering from dementia

The Alzheimer's Association will be providing a pair of free educational programs to the Woodburn community in February and March.

The first program — titled Living with Alzheimer's — will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Heartwood Place Memory Care and is directed toward those giving care to patients with the disease. In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers.

The program allows caregivers and professionals an opportunity to discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's.

The second program — Effective Communications Strategies — is scheduled for March 20, also at the Heartwood Place Memory Care. The program seeks to provide education on communication with patients who have Alzheimers, beyond just talking and listening.

As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Guests are invited to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's — sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.

Learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Living With Alzheimer's

When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Heartwood Place Memory Care, 2325 Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn

Effective Communications Strategies

When: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: Heartwood Place Memory Care, 2325 Boones Ferry Road, Woodburn

To learn more or register, call: 800-272-3900

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