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Silver Pathways offers free caregiver support group Nov. 15

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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Know & Go:

What: Free Senior Caregiver monthly support groups

When: 10 to 11 a.m. Nov.15 and Dec. 20

Where: 3875 Taylor Road, Suite C, Loomis

Info:  silverpathways.org or 866-689-5413

 

For those who need help caring for seniors with memory issues, free monthly support groups are available Wednesdays in Loomis.

Hosted by Silver Pathways, the support groups offer participants a chance to meet with other caregivers and a geriatric specialist to receive information and support, according to Lana Winkler, Silver Pathways administrative assistant.

Formerly known as Dementia Care Advisors, Silver Pathways was founded in 2011 and specializes in lifestyle plans for seniors, said company owner Kristina Blocker.

Blocker will be at the monthly support groups to offer suggestions and coping strategies.

“I decided to start a business with educating families on what to do and how to cope with dementia and what to expect when the unexpected happens, how to communicate, that sort of thing,” Blocker said.

In addition to the monthly support groups, Silver Pathways offers free seminars. “Stages of Dementia” is a workshop that outlines the seven stages of dementia, general memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. The information provided in the session will help those who care for individuals with dementia. Support group attendees will also receive information about available resources.

Another free workshop, “Life as a Caregiver,” covers an in-depth look at a caregiver’s challenges. Seminar leaders discuss the importance of self-care and explore resources and support services available for those caring for loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

When Jeanne Rochelle’s husband was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the Lincoln Hills’ resident called Blocker for help.

“As I was watching him decline weekly and sometimes daily, I was feeling scared, alone, emotionally and physically drained, and concerned as to whether or not we would be able to afford the care he needed before a catastrophic event occurred,” Rochelle said.

Blocker did an in-home assessment and provided options that the couple could afford, according to Rochelle.

“My husband is in a board and care (facility) near my home and the caregivers could not be better. Kristina treats you like a family member. I felt very reassured,” Rochelle said.

The free Silver Pathways workshops and support groups are funded by Seniors First, a Placer County-based nonprofit organization that offers programs, services and support to local seniors.

Silver Pathways also offers fee-based private counseling and lifestyle plans for seniors. The fee-based plans include individual and family consultations to discuss options for assisted living, professional home care, memory care, care plans and more.

For a list of upcoming support groups and seminars, visit Silver Pathways at silverpathways.org.