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Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Alzheimer's Caregivers Workshop

According to the Alzheimer's Organization, the most frequent symptoms of caregiver stress are:

  • Denial about the disease and its effect on the person diagnosed.
  • Anger that people don't understand what's happening; anger at the person with Alzheimer's or anger that no cure exists.
  • Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure.
  • Anxiety about the future.
  • Depression that begins to break one's spirit and affects one's ability to cope.
  • Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks.
  • Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns.
  • Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions.
  • Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks.
  • Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll.
(December 4, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

More than 15 million people in the United States care for loved ones with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Caregivers may feel isolated, exhausted, depressed, or overwhelmed by stress and often neglect caring for themselves. Burn out and other health problems become real risks.

Monongahela Valley Hospital will offer them support with free Alzheimer's Caregiver Workshops at 11 a.m. and repeated at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on the hospital's Carroll Township campus.

The program will discuss Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, techniques for caregivers to alleviate stress and activities to encourage engagement with those battling the disease.

Led by trained professionals for family caregivers, the event is free and is sponsored by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care and Comfort Keepers.

Nurses and social workers can earn two CEUs for attending. Reservations are required. Please call Monongahela Valley Hospital's Reservation Hotline at 724-258-1333.

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