2018-02-14 / Federation

Free dementia seminars slated for Feb. 21

Aleph Home Care will host two free sessions for relatives and loved ones of people with dementia on February 21. The two seminars, “My Loved One Has Dementia…Now What?” and “Real Talk: Sexuality in Dementia” allow guests to learn about life with someone who has dementia. Both seminars are led by Rebekah Wilson, a Masters’ Level Social Worker dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with dementia and to supporting their caregivers.

“At Aleph, we feel it is very important to educate the community on dementia/Alzheimer’s and what resources are available to get help,” said Judy Spillane, Operations and Marketing coordinator for Aleph Home Care. “Being a caregiver is very stressful. Educational programs help caregivers to know that they are not alone. With people living longer and longer, cognitive impairment will become more common.”

According to a study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society, one in every 14 individuals over age 65 will develop dementia. For individuals over 80, the odds are one in six. People with dementia have difficulty remembering things, and it can be frustrating and difficult for caregivers and family members to cope with their loved one’s worsening condition.

“Real Talk: Sexuality in Dementia” takes place in the Katz JCC Family Activity Center from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. It is only open to professional home care workers. “My Loved One Has Dementia…Now What?” takes place in the Jewish Federation Board Room on the second floor of the Katz JCC from 7-9 p.m., and is free and open to the community. For more information, or if you would like to attend either event, contact Judy Spillane at jspillane@jfedsnj.org or call Aleph Home Care at (856) 685-5700.

Aleph Home Care provides a high-quality, safe environment that allows older adults to stay in their home. Its team of nurses creates and implements a personalized plan of care for all clients.

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