The Orange County Department on Aging is hosting a series of free workshops to educate in-home caregivers and families about dementia.
This is the third summer that the county will sponsor the workshops, which are part of a grant from the Administration of Community Living.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding and misrepresentation about what it means to live with dementia,” training coordinator Marie Dagger said. “There's definitely an understanding in the general public that folks with dementia just can't do anything, but if you take things in baby steps and provide a little bit of cueing and a little bit of support along the way, often you can be amazed at what somebody can still do.”
The workshop for in-home caregivers is a two-part series which teaches caregivers about the types, stages and symptoms of dementia as well as ways to work collaboratively with their patients.
“We spend a lot of time talking and working on how to do activities and programs with people and not to them or at them,” Dagger said.