WATERVILLE — Spectrum Generations Family Caregiver Support Program will provide Maine Savvy Caregiver trainings this spring and summer. The 12-hour training program is for family caregivers of individuals with dementing disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. These trainings are sponsored by the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health and Human Services and funded by a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Assuming that family members have often taken on the role of caregiving without any preparation or training, the program provides family members with knowledge of the disease and available resources. Participants are given the opportunity to learn skills for dealing with losses that the disease produces, as well as skills on how to take care of oneself as a caregiver. Participants can build an attitude that fosters confidence and a sense of mastery in the caregiver role.

Trainings will be held in the following locations:

* Redington-Fairview General Hospital, Skowhegan, from 1 to 3 p.m. June 22, 29, July 12, 20, 27 and Aug. 3.

* Spectrum Generations Cohen Center, Hallowell, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15, 22, 29, Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Sessions include training, interactive exercises, and discussion. Between sessions, caregivers have readings, exercises and assignments to complete and report back to the group on the home activities. Feedback will be provided and strategies developed to support successful caregiving.

Registration is required. For more information, call 800-282-0764, ext. 127or 139.

For more information about Spectrum Generations, call 800-639-1553, or visit www.spectrumgenerations.org.

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