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Company News: Family First Offering a Continuing Education Series

Family First Home Companions is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island to provide a continuing education series for licensed social workers and certified nurse case managers.  The cost is free of charge to attendees and will include breakfast, lunch, or dinner, depending on the day and time of the program.

The schedule of programs is below and will start on Thursday, February 20th.  All programs will be held at the Alzheimer’s Association located at 300 Broadhollow Rd, Conference Room A, in Melville.

Thursday, February 20th | 8:30 am to 10:30 am | Breakfast will be provided
Effective Communication Strategies and Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors (2 Credits): Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family.  These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.  For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

Thursday, March 19th | 11:30 am to 1:30 pm | Lunch will be provided
Assessing and Empowering Family Caregivers (2 Credits): Participants will eave this seminar with a general understanding of caregiver burnout, tools to identify whether a patient’s primary caregiver is suitable for their care, and new approaches to understanding a patient’s primary needs.  This seminar will help participants reduce re-hospitalizations by enhancing the discharge planning process with the use of targeted questions that empower and educate primary caregivers while navigating their loved one’s care.

Wednesday, April 29th | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | Dinner will be provided
Alternative Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Related Dementias (2 Credits): Participants will leave this seminar with a general understanding of the latest interventions implemented to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.  The treatments reviewed will allow for participants to introduce new concepts to families that are having a difficult time caring for their loved one with dementia to ensure safety and peace of mind.

To register please call 800-272-3900 or email Maribeth Madigan, mamadigan@alz.org.