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AARP driver safety class offered at CHI St. Vincent

An AARP Smart Driver course will be sponsored by CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Qualified graduates are eligible for an auto insurance discount.

There is a $15 fee for AARP members and $20 fee for nonmembers to cover course materials. Participants should bring their driver's license and, if applicable, AARP membership card.

Call 501-622-1033 to enroll.

Dementia Care Workshop for FamilyCaregivers set for July 27

LITTLE ROCK -- The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is offering a free Family Caregiver Workshop-Dementias July 27 in Little Rock for family members who are providing unpaid care for an older adult with dementia.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive, Room 1180. A light lunch will be provided. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call 501-526-6500 or email DBLeBlanc@uams.edu.

The workshop will cover identifying the caregiver, Alzheimer's disease and dementias, caregiver health, nutrition, recognizing caregiver stress, benefits of support groups, tai chi for memory demonstration and managing behavioral issues, a news release said.

Family caregivers include anyone who helps with care, including managing a family member's medications, talking to doctors and nurses on their behalf, or simply preparing their meals and doing a few household chores.

"About 80 percent of Arkansas' older population who are living in their home depend on family and friends for assistance. Dementia care at home can become more and more challenging. A better understanding of the disease may help families care for their loved one," the release said.

Society on 07/10/2019

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