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Workshop - Dementia Caregiving: Expanding the Family Caregivers’ Toolbox - June 7, 2016

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Providing care for a family member with dementia can be challenging. Onset and worsening of symptoms can cause caregivers to feel stress and frustration, leading to an inability to cope. Listening to music is a coping tool used by many caregivers challenged by caregiver stress. If you are interested in learning about music interventions and other ways to cope with caregiver stress, please read on to find out about an opportunity to participate in an upcoming half-day event.

George Mason University, in collaboration with the Virginia Center on Aging, Insight Memory Care, AARP Virginia, and the Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging will be holding a workshop targeting family caregivers of loved ones with dementia. The workshop, titled Dementia Caregiving: Expanding the Family Caregivers’ Toolbox, will address some of the unique needs and concerns associated with dementia care and introduce caregivers to some coping strategies and interventions. Attendees can expect to learn resources and skills that can reduce stress and promote well-being. The workshop’s keynote speaker, Paul Raia, has devoted decades of his life to dementia care and education. His Habilitation Therapy approach will aid attendees in focusing on their loved ones’ remaining capacities rather than on what has been lost. This workshop will also feature a session on the benefits of music and how it can be a key tool for coping for both the family caregiver and the care recipient.

A light dinner will be provided and it is just $10 to register. The registration site will be up by April 20th: http://chhs.gmu.edu/events/caregiving/index.cfm. Due to limited space, we ask that you notify us if you have registered but are not able to attend. Please find details about the location and time of the event below:

What: Dementia Caregiving: Expanding the Family Caregivers’ Toolbox

When: Tuesday, June 7 th from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Insight Memory Care Center
Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center
3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22030

If you would like to register to attend the workshop or would like more information, please contact Sonya Hudson, Graduate Research Assistant, at shudson2@gmu.edu or (703) 993-2838.

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