When Your Valentine Has Alzheimer’s: A Free Workshop on Communicating with Your Parent or Spouse

Not only do people with Alzheimer’s disease have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others. Yet the ability to exchange our ideas, wishes and feelings is a basic need.
How can you best communicate with a spouse, parent, or loved one who has dementia? Learn strategies at a free workshop from the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter and The Ivey, the adult day care center in the SouthPark area of Charlotte. The two non-profits will host “When Your Valentine Has Alzheimer’s: Enhancing Communication “on Tuesday, February 8 from 2 to 4 pm, repeated from 6 to 8 pm, at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. Admission is free but pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, call The Alzheimer’s Association at 704/532-7390.

You’ll leave with specific ideas and techniques for helping your loved one communicate, such as how to limit distractions, show patience and interest, and offer comfort and reassurance. You’ll also discover the best ways to communicate, including when to repeat information or questions, what key words to emphasize, and how to give visual cues. The presenter is Margaret Moody, program associate for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Free adult day care services are available during the presentation for caregivers who need assistance for their loved ones. Arrange in advance by calling The Ivey at 704/909-2070.

The Ivey
The Ivey┬« is a not-for-profit adult day care center that provides daytime services for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss, social isolation, or physical frailty due to stroke, Parkinson’s, and similar illnesses. The Ivey offers socialization, engaging activities, meals from a Johnson & Wales-trained chef, and healthcare monitoring from an on-site registered nurse. The Ivey’s services allow caregivers to hold jobs, continue friendships, and refresh from the responsibilities of providing constant care. For more, see www.theivey.com.

The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information visit www.alz.org/northcarolina. The Alzheimer’s Association provides a 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 for those in need of support and guidance in facing challenges by memory loss and dementia.