Rosalynn Carter Institute to Host Free Dealing with Dementia Workshop

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Mental Health News
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The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) has created a free workshop that will teach caregivers how to care for their loved ones and themselves. The workshop will be held in Americus, Ga., on Dec. 4, 2019 and additional workshops will take place throughout the rest of the country in 2020.

AMERICUS, Ga., Dec. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- America, Atlanta, Americus and all over are at a crisis point when it comes to taking care of a loved one with dementia. Almost 7 million people in America have dementia and many families cannot afford the $7 to $15,000 a month for care in an assisted living facility, nor can they afford to pay hourly caretakers. Many families (mostly women) must end their careers to take care of aging and affected parents.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) has created a free workshop that will teach caregivers how to care for their loved ones and themselves. The workshop will be held in Americus, Ga., on Dec. 4, 2019 and additional workshops will take place throughout the rest of the country in 2020.

To paraphrase Mrs. Carter, all of us will either give it or receive care in our lifetime. Below is more information about the workshop.

WHAT: The four-hour workshop provides caregivers with basic information on dementia; insights into the caregiving journey; how to develop a dementia-friendly environment; dementia behavior management; caregiver self-care; and how to select the best services and resources. Each participant will receive a book that helps them continue their education and implement best-practices following the workshop.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: RCI office at 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive, Americus, GA 31709

WHY: All family and professional caregivers are welcome to attend this free four-hour workshop. All attendees will receive a free Dealing with Dementia Guide and a better understanding on what dementia is, how to handle stress, finding time for themselves, and techniques on managing problem behaviors.

About the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Located in Americus, Ga., the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute's Board of Advisors. RCI establishes local, state, national, and international partnerships committed to building quality, long-term, home and community-based services. It advocates for evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer, and professional caregiving.

For additional information about the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, visit http://www.rosalynncarter.org.

About Georgia Southwestern State University Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, Ga., is a public, four-year unit of the University System of Georgia with more than 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers outstanding professional programs of study as well as degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value colleges in the South.

For more information about Georgia Southwestern State University, visit http://www.gsw.edu.

 

SOURCE Rosalynn Carter Institute



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