LIBERTY, NY— Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.
A free program on Effective Communication Strategies is offered on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center located on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. Healthy refreshments will be provided. Funded under the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program, this class is free to all informal family caregivers and the general public.
The Effective Communication Strategies program, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association®, will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. Donna Davies, LCSW and Care Consultant will share her expertise and experience during this presentation.
By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:
• Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.
• Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.
• Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.
Effective Communication Strategies includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.
Pre-registration is encouraged by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180 or emailing email@example.com.
This free, co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.
Cornell Cooperative Extension in Sullivan County is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Please contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County office if you have any special needs.