Remembering Hope

Caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is a noble undertaking. However, it is also incredibly difficult and can often be frustrating, overwhelming and isolating. Lutheran Family Service provides outreach designed to increase understanding of dementia and support caregivers, equipping them with information and resources to provide care that honors both their relative and themselves.

Remembering Hope starts with a comprehensive one-day seminar that covers issues related to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This seminar can be hosted by a congregation or community group. Created in partnership with experts at Perry Lutheran Home’s memory care services, the event helps participants know what it’s like both to have and also to care for someone with dementia. Education about the disease process leads to increased understanding of the often frustrating and challenging behaviors that Alzheimer’s-affected loved ones display. Increased understanding helps caregivers find better ways to respond, decreasing stress and increasing well-being for all.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week course, facilitated by two LFS trainers, that provides caregivers with resources and support to continue their remarkable work. From taking care of yourself to identifying common problems in relative care, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a hands-on guide for being a better, more relaxed and happier caregiver. Designed at Stanford University, this course is designed to meet for 1½ hours for six consecutive weeks.

Upon completion of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, LFS can help your congregation or community organize its own ongoing Caregiver Support Group, providing a vital resource to those in your community who are now or soon will be in a caregiver role.

If you are interested in helping those in your community with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as well as those who care for them, please contact Lutheran Family Service for more information on bringing our Remembering Hope programs to your area.

Looking for an event near you? Take a look at our events page.

You helped me learn about the dementia my mom is experiencing and now I am able to understand and not always be so frustrated with her.

- Barbara