Starting in April, Savvy Caregiver will be offering classes for people caring for someone disorder’s causing dementia, like Alzheimer’s.

The state of Maine has been awarded a grant through the U.S. Administration on Aging to offer this training series, which will be provided locally through the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.

The program is designed for people who are assisting a family member or friend with dementia, and helps them develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to make caregiving easier. As part of the grant, data will be collected to add to the research on this program by asking participants to complete questionnaires.

Savvy Caregiver consists of six two-hour class sessions, and encourages participants to try out ideas at home between classes. Participants are asked to plan to attend all six classes in the series. Over the next three years, the series will be held in a variety of locations throughout York and Cumberland counties.

The next session will be held at the Bar Mills Community Church in Buxton. Classes will be held Tuesdays April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. There is no charge to participate. For more information or to register, please contact Kate Dulac at Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 1-800-427-7411, ext. 558.

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