Educational Programs

Community Caregivers offers interesting and informative community education presentations on a variety of topics.  Please feel free to call us at 518-456-2898 for more information.

Linda Miller, our Outreach and Education Coordinator at this year’s Alzheimer’s Conference. At the event Linda raffled off a handmade Twiddlemuff, used to keep the hands of  memory loss family members busy.

Upcoming Programs

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York and the Bethlehem Public Library, we are pleased to offer the following community presentations for family members who need a primer about memory loss and communicating with their loved one. Both one hour presentations will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library’s Community Room, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar at 6 p.m. on the Wednesdays listed below.  Registration is requested by calling 439-9314 beginning in September.

October 5th “The Basics of Memory Loss”

October 26th “Effective Communication Strategies”

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Health Engagement & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.)

Our Spring 2016 Workshop Series, H.E.L.P., to assist individuals and family caregivers understand and navigate the changing world of health care has concluded, but our interest in these topics has not!  The series title reflects the goal and our interest remains strong as we note the importance of these topics in our heath care decision making.  Sessions included:  

Trends & Patient Rights- An Overview of Trends & Developments in the Health Care Landscape shaping new directions in patients’ role in their care. And Patient Rights-including your rights as a hospital patient & accessing your medical records.

Talking with Your Doctor- Communicating Effectively With Your Health Care Team.

Hospital to Home-Care Transitions-What every patient and caregiver needs to know for successful hospital discharge. Includes an overview of the NY’s new CARE Act for caregivers.

Hospital to Home-What Happens Once You Are Home? Planning for a successful recuperation at home.

Advance Health Care DirectivesMaking Choices That Are Right For You. Choosing a health care representative & ensuring that wishes for your care are known and honored.

Please call 456-2898 for more information on these topics or to inquire about scheduling a group presentation on health literacy, patient rights and communicating with your health care team beginning Fall 2016.

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Fall Prevention Education

Each year, thousands of older adults fall and are injured at home. In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department as a result of a fall. Many of these falls are preventable. Contrary to popular belief, falls are NOT an inevitable part of aging.

To learn more , check out these resources:

Please let us know if you are interested in a group presentation on preventing falls in and around the home.

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If you are interested in a presentation for your organization on the topics outlined above or for a general overview of volunteer opportunities and services of Community Caregivers, feel free to contact us by phone at 456-2898 or by email at info@communitycaregivers.org

Please provide the following information:

  • the official name, address and phone number of your organization;
  • the name of your organization’s website, if there is one;
  • the name, email address and phone number of the person who is handling the presentation arrangements;
  • what date and time you have in mind;
  • where the presentation will take place; and
  • how many attendees are expected.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Ongoing Offerings

What Programs Would YOU Like to See?

If there are specific caregiving topics you’d like us to address in future educational workshops, please let us know by sending an email to our office or by calling (518) 456-2898. We’d like to hear your suggestions.

Note that respite volunteers may be available for caregiving workshops, but service must be requested 10 days in advance.

Learning About Dementia

“Chris Damon, the (former) Community Caregivers’ Program Director, was contacted by an individual expressing concern about a friend who had received a diagnosis of dementia and appeared to be declining rapidly. The caller indicated that she and others were experiencing difficulty when interacting with this friend in social situations and asked if there were any programs that could help them understand the disorder. Chris contacted the Alzheimer’s Association and arranged for an information session on ‘Improving Communication with a Person With Dementia,’ which many of the concerned friends attended.”

“We shared tips from the session with mutual acquaintances and feel we have all gained a better understanding of dementia and what our friend is experiencing. I would recommend that anyone with a loved one who suffers from dementia participate in this program. I can’t thank Chris enough for her assistance.”

– A grateful session participant