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York Hospital and Southern Maine Agency on Aging offering Savvy Caregiver Training

Taking care of a family member or friend with memory loss?
Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or frustrated?
Could you use more information and ideas on making it work?

Savvy Caregiver is an evidence-based training program for family caregivers of people with dementia. It is based on the idea that often family members take on caregiving without preparation or training. The six 2-hour sessions promote:

Knowledge
•  Knowledge of the person’s condition and how it affects the individual
•  Understanding the goal of “contented involvement” to help you both have a better day
•  Information about resources and services to support the person with dementia as well as the caregiver

Skills
•  Skills to provide support and structure to reduce confusion
•  Skills to take care of yourself and get support and help as a caregiver
•  Skills to make your day less stressful

Attitude
•  Attitude to build your confidence as a caregiver
•  Help to develop a more objective approach to the person’s cognitive loss

Who should attend?
Family and friends who are actively involved in helping a person who
•  Lives at home in the community
•  Has a condition, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia, or another diagnosis which is causing cognitive loss

This training will include participation in a research project to evaluate the program by completing pre- and
post-surveys. Participants are asked to plan to attend all 6 classes in the series.

The series will be held at YH in the Hall House on Tuesdays, starting April 22, from 2 to 4 PM. There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact SMAA, at 1-800-427-7411 x 540 or visit www.smaaa.org/



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