Hebrew SeniorLife Offers Savvy Caregiver Program For Memory Health
Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health Expands Programming to Meet Growing Need for Cognitive and Memory Care Services
BOSTON – Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife, a nonprofit organization that cares for more than 3,000 Boston area seniors daily, announced it is now offering Savvy Caregiver, a no-cost program for both new and experienced caregivers who want to increase their skills, share tips and techniques, and build their knowledge about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
"Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia heightens the stress level for all caregivers, but especially those who are new to the role,” said Maureen Bannan, Executive Director, Home and Community-Based Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. “Caregivers struggle to balance the needs of their older loved ones while working from home, tending to their children’s adjusted school schedules, and more. Additional support, such as Savvy Caregiver, is needed, now more than ever.”
Program Especially for People Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Savvy Caregiver is provided in collaboration with Ethos, a private, nonprofit organization that assists the elderly and disabled to live at home. An evidence-based curriculum, Savvy Caregiver builds knowledge about cognitive illnesses, helps participants develop skills to manage daily life, and creates an outlet to share challenges and experiences with others. Savvy Caregiver helps to foster a different attitude towards caregiving, resulting in less stress and a better sense of wellbeing for all involved. The program, currently offered virtually, meets weekly for six weeks.
Savvy Caregiver is just one of the many offerings through Hebrew SeniorLife’s Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health based in Boston. The Center offers outpatient memory care services for people living with memory disorders at any stage. Services include behavioral and cognitive neurology, such as assessing cognitive function, identifying early signs of dementia, addressing behavioral changes, and recommending personalized interventions.
About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the nonprofit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit https://www.hebrewseniorlife.org or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.