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Funeral Consumers Alliance of Coastal Carolina sponsors a workshop on Planning for the Inevitable on May 3rd

Helping Families Cope with Alzheimer’s Disease  Local Company Offers Free Resources in Recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month   As one of the most feared diseases, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis presents many  challenges for families living with this disease. Because an estimated 70  percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, the responsibility of caring for them usually falls on their families, who frequently face and dread  the  unexpected and unknown. While it may be impossible to predict behaviors  exhibited by a person struggling with Alzheimers, there are free resources  available to help area families cope with whatever situation may arise.  “Many family caregivers wake up every day with anxiety and fear because they  don’t know how a loved one with Alzheimers will act or react,” said Sara  Blackman, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Wilmington. “We  have a network of support including free tools and materials available to help  family caregivers navigate the challenges that come with caring for someone with  Alzheimer’s.”  In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013), the Home Instead  Senior Care network is offering a number of free resources to help local  families who are living with Alzheimers, including workshops where family  members will receive a version of the same in-depth Alzheimers CARE: Changing  Aging Through Research and Education® training program training that was  developed for the network’s professional CAREGivers. The workshops will offer  specific solutions for the many common issues that arise when caring for someone  with Alzheimer’s. The workshops will be offered on Wednesday, September 18, 25,  October 9, 23, November 13, 20 and December 11 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Home  Instead Senior Care, 2505 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC.  Also available is a free Confidence to Care at Home kit, an at-a-glance  collection of information, tips and resources to help handle difficult  situations, avoid household accidents, encourage engagement, and prevent  caregiver stress, that is designed for any member of the household to reference,  anytime they need it.  In addition, Home Instead Senior Care has developed Alzheimer’s and Other  Dementias Daily Helper, a free smartphone app that families can use to search  behaviors and help find solutions when they have to react quickly to a  situation. The app, which will be available Sept. 16, is designed to help  families manage issues as they arise, whether at home or in public.  “According to experts, Alzheimer’s either is or may someday be a reality for  about one-third of the families in our community,” said Blackman. “We want to  replace their fears with a sense of confidence that they are equipped to handle  any situation.”  For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network or its free  Alzheimer’s resources, please visit or call  the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 910-342-0455.