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Westfield Memorial Library Hosts Program for the Caregivers of Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Patients

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 The Westfield Memorial Library will be hosting a two-session program for the Caregivers of Alzheimer patients on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.  The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Presented by the Greater NJ Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, these talks focus on the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia disorders, when gaps in memory and thinking begin to make it more difficult for the patient to manage the day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and eating without assistance. Personality, behavior and sleep patterns also continue to change.

Caregivers assume greater responsibility in managing not only the personal care and finances of the individual, but also meeting the challenges of maintaining safety while creating a supportive environment. Caregivers learn more about symptoms and care needs, techniques for managing behaviors and maximizing safety, relationship changes and supportive services available to help with the caregiving responsibilities.

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The events are free and open to the public. To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the  Calendar tab, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays until May 26.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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