Workshops

Dates for upcoming caregiver workshops

 We understand the concerns, questions and challenges caregivers deal with on a daily basis. We offer workshops throughout the year specifically designed to help caregivers learn valuable and practical information to help them care for their family member. The descriptions of our workshops, along with confirmed dates of upcoming programs, are listed below. New dates will be added throughout the year so please check back.

If you would like to be put on our caregiver mailing list to be notified of upcoming caregiver events, please contact Evelyn Rodriguez-Beyruti at evelynro@health.usf.edu or call 813-396-0722.

Workshops Offered

Helping New Family Caregivers Navigate the Alzheimer’s Journey

Friday, August 9, 2019

Topics covered:

  • Understanding the different types of dementia and what to expect
  • You have the diagnosis, so now what do you do?
  • Understanding early changes in your loved one and learning how to respond
  • Learning effective communication approaches
  • Legal and financial issues for new caregivers
  • Tips for successful caregiving: What to do and what not to do

Helping Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers Improve Communication and Manage Difficult Behaviors

Saturday, September 7 , 2019
9:00 am -12:15 pm

Topics Covered:

  • Approaches for effectively communicating with your loved one
  • Understanding short term memory loss 
  • Understanding cognitive loss and how it affects behaviors
  • Strategies for preventing and responding to behaviors including agitation, hallucination, delusions, paranoia
  • Learning to live in the Alzheimer's reality
  • Tips for improving bathing, dressing, mealtime, sundowning and sleeping

Alzheimer’s Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know

October 11, 2019
The topics for this workshop include:

  • Managing medications for Alzheimer's, memory loss and challenging behaviors 
  • Supplements, vitamins and herbals: Can they help?
  • Safety issues caregivers need to know 
  • Leaving your loved one home alone, driving, wandering, medication management and other safety concerns
  • Strategies and tips to make the home environment safer

Helping Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers Navigate the Later Stages of Alzheimer’s

Friday, August 23, 2019

Topics Covered:

  • How to recognize the later stages of Alzheimer's
  • When to stop medications for Alzheimer's and other health conditions
  • The effect of surgery and other health procedures on Alzheimer's patients
  • The difference between hospice and palliative care
  • The services hospice provides the patient and family members
  • How, when and why to initiate hospice care

Time and Cost

The workshops are from 9 am - 12:15 pm at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.  The cost to register is $40 which includes the workshop, free parking, resource folder and refreshments. Participation is limited in order to facilitate questions and dialogue. Preregistration is required.

For more information and to register, please contact Evelyn Rodriguez-Beyruti at 813-396-0722 or evelynro@health.usf.edu.


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