Free Dementia Care Presentation in Holyoke
On Sunday, Nov. 2 from 2-4 PM at the Holyoke Senior Center, Heather McKay, a nationally recognized dementia care expert who works with the National Association of State Veterans Homes, will provide a presentation to health care professionals and family caregivers supporting people with dementia. The presentation is supported by the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, the City of Holyoke Council on Aging, and the City of Holyoke Department of Veterans’ Services. This event is free and open to professionals and families, and is part of continued efforts by the Soldiers’ Home to hold events in the broader community.
Audience members will learn about the progression in five stages and strategies that work to support people at every stage. The goal is to provide both beginners and experts with information they can put to use right away in caring for people with dementia. In her presentation, McKay shares real stories with specific coping strategies for typical problems from each disease stage, i.e., getting a diagnosis, working with a doctor, making decisions about future plans, driving, taking medications, fostering continued days of meaning and purposeful activity, hiring additional helpers, hands-on assistive techniques, assisting with eating and swallowing as safely as possible, and providing end-of-life care.
When: Sunday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, Holyoke
RSVP Contact the Soldiers’ Home at (413) 532-9483, then extension 532-1122.