Stephen Lair

Help For Alzheimer’s Caregivers, From Home Instead Senior Care

CHAPEL HILL – According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of Americans have had a personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease—and more than 60 percent of Americans say they feel unprepared to care for a loved one who’s diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “I just don’t know that you’re ever really prepared, unless you’ve walked through it before and seen the toll that it takes,” says Stephen Lair, the franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Chapel Hill. “It affects the whole family.” This week, Home Instead is offering a series of classes designed for family caregivers to help cope with the disease while keeping their loved ones as comfortable and safe as possible. “What we’re trying to do with our Alzheimer’s program is give family members the tools to be able to engage their family members all throughout the process (of the disease),” Lair says. The program is called Alzheimer’s CARE, or Changing Aging through Research and Education.  The classes are free; they begin this week Tuesday in Chapel Hill and continue on Thursday, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Lair says the time commitment is worth it, because these classes speak directly to what caregivers need to know to cope on a day-to-day basis. “A lot of training (tends to be) very cerebral,” Lair says. “It talks about how the disease progresses and what the stages are. But what we find is that family...

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