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Family Caregiver Orientation
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Family Caregiver Orientation

If you are a friend or family member of someone who has dementia, this program is for you! Although most useful when attended just after a diagnosis, the information and education are relevant and practical for use through the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

The following topics are covered: understanding dementia, important steps to take after a diagnosis (including legal and financial planning), and helpful community resources for all stages. Download a schedule here. All orientations are FREE, but registration is required.

EASTERN SHORE Family Orientation

To register contact Amanda Thomas 757-824-5676 ext: 635 or 800.2727.3900

April 13
2 - 4 pm
Franktown United Methodist Church
7551 Bayside Rd, Franktown, VA

July 13
2 - 4 pm
Atlantic Community Health Center
5219 Lankford Highway, New Church, VA

September 14
2 - 4 pm
Onley Community Health Center
20306 Badger Lane, Onley, VA

NORFOLK Family Orientation

Call 800.272.3900 to register


When: 2nd Tuesday of each month 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: 6350 Center Drive, Suite 210 (Building 5), Norfolk, VA

HAMPTON Family Orientation

Call 800.272.3900 to register

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:00 PM*
Where: Sentara Careplex, Hampton (Conference Room A) June 20 and Dec 19 are in Conference room 'D'

WILLIAMSBURG Family Orientation

Call 757-221-7272 for appointment

When: By appointment
Where: Williamsburg Branch Office, 213 McLaws Circle, Suite 2B

WESTERN TIDEWATER Family Orientation

Call 757-221-7272 for appointment

When: May 18, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Franklin Social Services, 306 N Main St, Franklin

*Orientation dates and times sometimes change, please call to verify specific dates/times.

Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's?

The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ® certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices. The essentiALZ training and certification program recognizes professional caregivers (as well as family and friends who provide unpaid care) for learning quality dementia care practices. Find out more information.

The Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health is excited to offer The New York University-Caregiver Intervention for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s or other types of memory loss. This federally funded research program provides counseling and support for caregivers over several months. There is no cost to program participants as funding is provided by the Administration for Community Living.

Benefits of the program:

  • Reduced caregiver stress and depression
  • Increased family support
  • Increased knowledge for managing memory disorders
  • Opportunities to gain insights and knowledge about caregiving
  • Assistance with finding local services and resources
  • Opportunities for respite care for loved ones during caregiver counseling sessions
  • Similar programs have been shown to delay the need for nursing home care

Compassionate counselors will help with:

  • Assessing your individual situation and concerns
  • Understanding memory loss and how it may progress
  • Developing a care plan that works for you and your family
  • Inviting other members of the family to participate in some of the counseling sessions
  • Discussing coping strategies for stress and changes in personality/behavior

This supportive program now serves residents of: Greater Williamsburg area, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Peninsula and Southside. Options available for counseling location.

To determine if you are eligible for this program or to learn more, call
Riverside Senior Care Navigation
at 757-856-7030.
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



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