Colorado-Based Help for Dementia Caregivers
With over 20 years of personal experience living with family members who have various forms of dementia, Jill Lorentz offers coping strategies for families and professional caregivers as owner and president of Summit Resilience Training. Her strategies cover Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and frontal temporal degeneration. She offers classes, podcasts (which air in 33 states), and also advice on the best practices for setting up your home environment for peace of mind, safety and functionality. Her classes can be scheduled for any area of Colorado based on request and volume. Lorentz says she will help family caregivers learn how to strategize and develop communication and coping techniques to help effectively navigate through the stresses of caring for someone with dementia. She defines resilience as the ability to adapt to adversity and look for solutions to improve outcomes. Her courses are designed to help individuals interact with their environments and manage issues caused by dementia-related behaviors, which can in turn affect the health of caregivers. Her resilience training covers how to cope with such issues as anxiety and anger, boredom, repetitive questions, sundowning (a state of confusion and anxiety at the end of the day and into the night), and wandering. She also addresses activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, etc.) “By the end of the instructional hands-on program,” Lorentz says, “you will discover that your actions can, and will, affect your ability to cope, make good choices, and create positive outcomes for you and the one you love.” More information and the full range of the conceptual and practical matters she covers are available on her website at https://summitresiliencetraining.com/. Or call 303-420-6988.