Overcoming the Challenges of Grief and Alzheimer’s Caregiving

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
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Conference Date
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
Length
60 minutes
Product Description

Provide Proactive Interventions to Prevent Pre- and/or Post-Death Grief from Becoming Complicated

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s has its own set of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical challenges. Plus the caregiver is also grieving the person they once knew, the differences in the person who is now, and the coming changes – including a future without their loved one physically present.

Join this informative webinar with industry veteran Kim Smith who will provide a brief overview of the anticipatory grief process – including the past, present and future foci – that will assist you and other clinicians in assisting caregivers as they deal with each of these grief challenges. Caregiver grief associated with an overly long illness, such as Alzheimer’s, can be especially complicated, and this will be addressed in the webinar. Smith will also provide resources that you can use to assist caregivers.

Smith will educate you on the anticipatory grief process of Alzheimer’s caregivers, and interventions you can use to ensure that they experience normal – instead of complicated – post-death grief. You will learn how to help caregivers process past, present and future grief, and how to mentally prepare them for the roles they can fill when they are no longer in the dedicated caregiver role.

This webinar will be helpful for any clinician who assists in patient and/or caregiver care during patient’s illness, especially patients with dementia or other lengthy illnesses.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to use the 3-part anticipatory grief process, know how it applies specifically to Alzheimer’s caregiving, and provide proactive interventions to prevent pre- and/or post-death grief from becoming complicated. You will also be able to assist caregivers in setting up a plan for how they can best care for themselves – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Session Highlights

This session will bring you up to speed with:

  • Three time foci of grief (past, present and future)
  • Progressive “psychosocial death”
  • Adaptational tasks of the family member
  • Problems faced by someone who has been in a long-term caregiver role
  • Common emotional reactions of caregivers
  • How caregivers can make the most of the time during a patient’s illness
  • Example of complicated mourning in an Alzheimer’s caregiver
  • Caregiving interventions to help with grief
  • Ways to sustain physical and mental health
  • Reducing caregiver burden
  • Warning signs when caregivers may need help

Who Should Attend

  • Clinicians who assist in patient and/or caregiver care, especially patients with dementia or other lengthy illnesses
  • Caregivers

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Kim Smith

Kim Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Psychology and Counseling. She has been actively involved in hospice since 2003, primarily in the roles of Bereavement Coordinator and We Honor Veterans’ Coordinator. During her time with hospice, she has spoken on a variety of topics, including multiple facets of grief, stress management, identity theft, Alzheimer’s Disease,...   More Info
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