FREE Workshop ‘Boot Camp’ For Dementia Caregivers Offered In Santa Clara

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FREE Workshop ‘Boot Camp’ For Dementia Caregivers Offered In Santa Clara

ALBUQUERQUE ― Families facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias will have access to a FREE legal presentation at the Santa Clara Pueblo offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Skills in Dementia Caregiving Boot Camp” is a FREE presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the Santa Clara Pueblo Adult Day Care Center, 588 Kee St, Espanola, NM 87532

This workshop “boot camp” is designed to teach both family caregivers and professional care givers approaches that encourage success in the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers will learn to understand the disease, how it affects thinking, feelings and behaviors. The importance of self-care will also be discussed.

For more information, contact Tina De La Luz at 800.272.3900 or email tdelaluz@alz.org. For directions, call 505.266.4473.

Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants of “Skills for Dementia Caregiving” may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.

Alzheimer’s disease is a threat that is getting worse. Today, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, the total number is expected to rise to 14 million. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA*.

Currently, there is no prevention, proven treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In our own state, 41,000 New Mexicans are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 108,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association is investing over $165 million in more than 450 projects in 25 countries.

Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico. As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every 8) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33% of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”. Nearly 54% of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it. If you feel like you may be experiencing memory issues, speak with your doctor about it.

If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline is available any time, day or night for support or information at 1.(800).272.3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.

We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.(800).272.3900.

*Source for all statistics: The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report atwww.alz.org/facts.


About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s 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®. Visitwww.alz.org or call 1.(800).272.3900.