Care Connection offers special help for caregivers of dementia patients

Do you help someone who has dementia? If so, Care Connection for Aging Services can provide specialized family caregiver training at no cost to you. The training can be done from the comfort of your home.

Care Connection’s Family Caregiver Program is offering an online caregiver education program that provides practical advice and support for caregivers of people with dementia.

Topics include: daily care, everyday activities, restlessness and anxiety, injury prevention and safety, anger, mealtimes, bladder and bowel problems, self-care, communication, sleep, bathing, wandering, transferring, brain health, driving and dementia, and balancing work with caregiving.   

“During this time, we want to make the life of the caregiver a little bit easier,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection. “We want to reduce physical and emotional stress that comes with caregiving.”

During a telephonic session,  a Care Connection Care Manager will evaluate the capacities of the person with dementia; provide information about the disease, including caregiving strategies and community resources; evaluate potential safety risks and offer appropriate assistive devices; and work with the caregiver to develop a care plan so that the person with dementia may stay at home as long as possible.

The education is provided in printed materials or online, and participants work at their own pace. Pre- and post-surveys will measure the program’s success. The information is tailored to caregivers of adults who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other dementia, as well as struggling caregivers who need a boost.

If you want to participate or find out more, call 1-800-748-7826 and leave a message for Gunter or email her at

Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging with a mission to provide opportunities to create positive aging experiences. Our service area includes 13 counties in West Central Missouri. Our vision is the people we serve will live with maximum independence, respect and dignity.