Luncheon series highlights caregiver information

RIVERVIEW –  A three-week interactive workshop on consecutives Tuesdays this month will focus on how to care for the aging.

     The sessions, taught by Sandra Langley and sponsored by the Recreation Department will be held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 at City Hall in Activity Room C. Organizers say Langley a highly trained registered nurse who specializes in caring for seniors.

     Lunch will be provided by the Rivergate Terrace Skilled Nursing facilities.

     The workshops are free and open to the public. However, attendees are asked to call (734) 281-4219 on the Thursday before each Tuesday session in order to reserve a spot .

     Sessions include: 

     • Oct. 13 — Caring to Know Focuses on understanding the aging process and the risks that develop as one grows older. Topics such as guilt, frustration, anger and love will be addressed.

     The aging process also will be examined from the caregiver as well as the elderly point of view. Many caregivers face difficult choices. This session will help participants explore all the options available.

     • Oct. 20 — What is Happening to my Loved One? Offers a look at neurological disorders, such as dementia (there are over 120 different kinds). The session will address the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and look at the stages of each. Participants will learn about the clock test, which has been in use since 1980, to help identify patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological disorders.

     • Oct. 27 — The End of Life  Focuses on understanding the dying process; palliative care versus hospice; grief and coping; the celebration of life; and advanced directives.