Do you have a friend or loved one struggling with dementia and are seeking support and advice on what to do?
The CenPho Advocates for Dementia Awareness (CADA) hosts a monthly get together that’s free and open to anyone seeking more information about the diseases and conditions that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, and the resources available in the community. The next meeting is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 at Sierra Bonita, 6933 N. 7th St. (note that because of the reverse lane commuter hours, you cannot turn east from the center lane if you are traveling in the southbound lanes of 7th Street).
The topic of the meeting is “A Caregiver’s Journey Through Dementia: Love, the Law and Mindfulness,” and the guest speaker is Alisa Gray, attorney at Tiffany & Bosco, and she also is a yoga instructor at Desert Song Healing Arts Center.
Caring for a loved one who has dementia presents so many challenges for the caregiver. Not only must they deal with the progressive nature of the disease, but our complex legal system can often exacerbate feelings of helplessness and confusion. In this discussion, Gray will provide a basic overview of the options for becoming a decision maker for your loved one (power of attorney vs. guardianship) and what to consider when determining how best to proceed.
In addition, Gray will provide some mindfulness tips and techniques to handle the physical, mental and emotional stress. A brief Q&A will follow. Food and non-alcoholic drinks provided courtesy of AARP Arizona.