SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - According to the latest “Facts and Figures” released by the Alzheimer’s Association, friends and family of those with Alzheimer's and other dementias provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care in 2014.

Nearly 40 percent of those caregivers suffer from depression.

Saswati Chakraborty, Director of Memory Care at Goldenview Living, believes that some of this depression may be caused by an increase in stress from caregiving, specifically because of a lack of resources for training and understanding about the diseases.

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“Often times, caregivers become so overwhelmed and lack the knowledge about this disease and ways in which to better care for their loved ones,” Chakraborty said. “Learning techniques to reduce the risk of problematic behaviors and better ways to communicate with loved ones can help reduce the chance of caregiver burnout.” All of these topics will be discussed in Monday's program.

The free training seminar for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers will be held on Monday, Jan. 11 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the South Brunswick Public Library.

The  Seminar will be given by Saswati Chakraborty, Director of Memory Care and is open to the public.

Iit will cover basic techniques to increase the quality of life for someone with memory loss as well as ways for caregivers to cope with their new role and responsibilities. 

The education program will also briefly describe Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as go into depth about different caregiving techniques caregivers may utilize throughout the different stages of the disease.

To RSVP please call (848) 667.9104.