Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be fulfilling and simultaneously quite challenging. Often individuals are thrown into this role with no training and at times with minimal support.
Caregiver University (CGU) is a multiple session training program for family caregivers which is focused on a variety of topics surrounding care delivery and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The modules are designed to provide an additional layer of practical knowledge as well as understanding and empathy for the person living with memory loss and cognitive impairment.
Caregivers of individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias need training in a myriad of areas and through a variety of mediums. Education about the disease process, communication techniques, hands-on interventions, and community resources, will equip caregivers, and those who anticipate assuming caregiving roles in the future, with the tools they need to be prepared for the caregiving journey. By the end of this training, participants will demonstrate enhanced dementia knowledge, increased coping strategies, improved ability to deliver quality care, and deepened awareness of support resources.
Individuals who are currently providing in-home care to a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, or those who anticipate providing care to a loved one in the foreseeable future, are eligible to attend CGU and encouraged to apply. There is no charge to attend CGU and all classes are taught by community experts from organizations in Mississippi who provide care and support services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Applicants must complete and submit a program application to the CGU Program Coordinator and will be notified about the status of their application and acceptance into the program by email or phone. CGU is offered quarterly and space is limited. CGU may be taught through both in-person and virtual sessions in compliance with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations as well as MIND Center operating policies and procedures.
The deadline to apply for CGU is 4 weeks prior to the start of the next quarterly program.
To apply to attend Caregiver University, click here.
Caregiver University is provided by The MIND (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia) Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.