Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. – Support, Education and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Caring and Coping Caregiver Workshops


VIDEOS from the November 2020 
Caring & Coping Caregiver Workshop Webinar:
Caregiving during the Holidays and COVID-19

Featured Speaker: Melanie Bunn, RN, MS, GNP  

Legal Presentation: Bailey Schiermeyer, JD  

Due to concerns with the Coronavirus, Alzheimer's Tennessee offered this Caring & Coping caregiver workshop virtually and free of charge to those who pre-register. 


We all want the holidays to be a time of joy and togetherness. But with a worldwide pandemic, how do we celebrate and support our loved ones living with dementia while balancing life's demands and personal needs. 

Care partners will want to hear from expert Melanie Bunn, a sweet and engaging presenter who has a passion for teaching hands-on, practical, and successful caregiving strategies to all those who provide assistance and love to individuals living with dementia. She is co-developer of the “Accepting the Challenge” approach to dementia care. It is used around the world to teach best practices for providing care. Melanie provided care partners education and encouragement, especially when it comes to holiday plans and COVID-19 considerations. 

Being legally prepared to provide the best care for our loved ones -- and understanding the necessary documents and financial requirements -- can make a tremendous difference in a care partner's ability to help.  Attorney Bailey Schiermeyer with Elder Law of East Tennessee assists elders, individuals with disabilities, and their families with planning for the legal and financial challenges of aging. She shared about Elder Law and Alzheimer's, including topics that may come up for families while celebrating the holidays and concerned about the Coronavirus. 


“Together We Make a Difference”

Caring & Coping caregiver workshops are designed by Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. to help the community better care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, participants learn skills and strategies to cope with the challenges of caregiving for dementia.  Sessions feature various keynote speakers who are nationally-renowned and/or local experts in the field.

The caregiver workshops offered throughout Tennessee provide valuable and practical training for family care partners, volunteers and professional care providers who deal with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

 After the day-long sessions, participants should have the following:

  • A better understanding of the disease, its process, and available treatments
  • Practical tips for caring for an individual with dementia, while maintaining one’s own health and spirituality

Sessions start in the morning and end in the afternoon.  They will cover a variety of topics including an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, caregiver guilt, spirituality, and personal care and legal issues.

The full-day training will include all handouts as well as a morning snack and lunch. Conference fees are typically $25 for family care partners and $45 for professional care partners (professional fee includes CEU’s for administrators of residential homes for the aged as well as assisted living facilities). 

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