BY MISSY ATHMER, Marketing Director – Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia at home is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude that helps them to care for themselves.

St. John’s Community Care offers Savvy Caregiver training sessions several times a year to aid family caregivers in this role. The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free, six-session training for family and friends who are actively caring for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. St. John’s trainers use curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota for interactive classes.

Each session participants in the class learn relevant techniques and coping skills to manage daily living situations. It teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to handle the challenges of caring for someone with dementia. With this new knowledge and understanding, family caregivers are able to reduce stress and increase their sense of competence in dementia caregiving.
Savvy Caregiver will help you:
Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person in your care
Learn the skills you need to manage daily life
Take control and set goals
Communicate more effectively
Strengthen family resources
Feel better about your caregiving
Take care of you!

Each session is comprised of six two-hour classes. The next series will begin Wednesday, August 7 at 2:00 pm at St. John United Church of Christ,
307 West Clay Street, Collinsville.

Each series is limited to a maximum of 12 families. There is no cost to those attending. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 618-344-5008.

At St. John’s Community Care, we’re here to help you care for your loved one. No matter the situation, we have resources and staff to help you make your loved one’s life as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. From consultations offering resources, to support groups, to early memory loss programs, to adult day programs, to the medical supply loan closet, we are here to help you.