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Senior Care Group Holds Alzheimer's Care Workshop

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A senior care group kicked off the first of a four-part series on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's and dementia Monday.  Home Instead Senior Care held an Alzheimer's CARE training at the Colonnades.  

Representatives say the program, which stands for Changing Aging through Research and Education, is meant to empower people with knowledge about what the disease is, some of the challenging behaviors they may encounter and how to deal with it.

"Seventy percent of people with Alzheimer's or other dementia live at home, so the care falls upon family members who really sometimes don't know about the diseases, have any understanding of the prognosis, the diagnosis," said Christine Shaw, Home Instead Senior Care community representative.

The sessions also serve as support groups for those that attend.  The second workshop will be held next Monday.

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