(WNY News Now) – The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold an educational program in Olean for area caregivers who need assistance dealing with challenging behaviors brought on by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Olean – The free program, “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors,” will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on November 14 at the Olean Public Library, 134 N. 2nd St., Olean.
“Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost,” says Andrea Koch, director of education and training at the WNY Chapter. “However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.”
The program will help caregivers learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges.
Participants can register online at bit.ly/OLPNov14 or by calling 800.272.3900.