Four-session online workshop on Alzheimer’s
For caregivers and relatives facing the disease
When my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, I knew nothing about the disease.
It was a long road to acceptance and I went through a variety of emotional experiences such as denial, anger and sadness.
My grandma showed remarkable courage going through all the stages of the disease, and none of these were forgotten.
She was far from me, but always in my heart.
Every time I visited I made mistakes, but then I was learning.
I was very lucky to be able to be by her side in the last days of her life.
Today, I would like to share with you what I learned from her and through the various courses I followed during two years… for she has been my most beautiful memory…
For whom and for what is the four-session workshop on Alzheimer’s ?
Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes very surprising, however, with a minimum of empathy and understanding, it is possible to live with it.
You are the relative or the caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s ; husband, wife, son, daughter, grandchild, cousin, brother, sister…
This disease is a mystery to you. You feel that you have lost the person you loved. You find it difficult to accept the situation. You do not know if you are behaving in the right way. You would like to know what to say, what to do, to get some tips on how to reduce the possible changes in the behaviour/mood of your loved one. Or you have stopped visiting him/her and feel guilty.
What does this four-session online workshop on Alzheimer’s consist of ?
I have created a programme of 4 online sessions of about 1h30 each for I have noticed that there is a real lack of understanding of the disease and of the needs of the person living with Alzheimer’s. This can lead to exhaustion, an end to visits, deleterious interactions or mood/behaviour changes such as wandering, anxiety, apathy, anger and so on.
During each session, I will use clear slides as a basis for my explanations. We will share anecdotes and confidences. After each session, you will have a few days to digest what you’ve learned or put it into practice.
Understanding Alzheimer’s disease, history, symptoms, stages.
Understanding the needs of the person living with Alzheimer’s. Causes and examples of mood and behaviour changes, how to prevent or reduce them.
Knowing oneself better: grief, acceptance, behaviour towards the person living with Alzheimer’s
The Do’s and Dont’s, the best way to communicate, possible activities
Please note that I can also accompany you on a longer term should you need any further help after the workshops.
I live in France, I speak French, English and Spanish and I am used to time difference (in case you live abroad).
Your programme on Alzheimer’s has been a great help and I would like to thank you for this. You have helped me to understand the disease, to make certain that what I was doing daily was correct, and to understand the meaning of the life of my mum living with dementia. The workshop is very well designed in order to understand the various problems that the caregivers may encounter throughout the course of the disease. You’ve brought answers to my questions and your anecdotes have allowed me to feel less lonely.
Thank you very much for what you do and I wish you all the best for the future.
Patricia B. (France)