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Friday, March 4, 2016

When a Loved One Has Dementia

Great news to folks in the Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona, area. We have two events coming up that you won't want to miss. We are very invested in helping caregivers find ways to deal with LBD and other dementias with fewer drugs. LBD caregivers especially know how important that is. And you also know how difficult it can seem with all the behavior issues that Lewy can bring out in our loved ones. Our goal with these classes is to offer you ways to do deal with these issues that you might not have considered.

The first is a two hour class called "When a Loved One Has Dementia." We will be talking about dementia in general and LBD specifically, focusing on ways to relate that cause less stress to both caregiver and loved one. You'll even get to practice some of the suggestions. No need to register for this class. Just show up ready to learn!

  • Date and time: Sunday, March 13th, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Location:  Unity of Mesa Church, 2700 E. Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ. 
  • Cost: A $15 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away.

That class will give you a small taste of what our second event, Alternative Therapies for Dementia Care, will be like. This one is an all day event, with five sessions,. Ours will be the first session, but four very talented people will follow with hands-on sessions about different types of alternative therapies and how to use them with people who have dementia or other neurological disorders. We've already advertised this workshop once, but the date has been changed. It will now be held on April 30th. If you go to and register before March 15th the cost for the whole day, tools for each session (including one of our books!), breakfast, lunch and snacks is only $155.

As a family caregiver, you may think that an all day event like this is too long to be away from your loved one. However, taking time for yourself can be very therapeutic for both of you so it is worth considering. Such a fun-filled day will send you back home feeling revived and better able to do your job.

If your loved one is attending adult daycare or living in a care facility, this is also an excellent workshop for professional caregivers. Pleases share this information with the facility staff and suggest that someone attend. They won't be sorry they went! We know the other presenters.They are all excellent in their field and all are invested in teaching ways to use these therapies to increase quality of life for the person with dementia while decreasing the workload for staff...or family caregivers.

 Here's the new flier:

Click here to go to for more information and to register.

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