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Training And Support For Family Caregivers

James L. West Center has a variety of free caregiver training and support offerings for family members and individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Sessions are available in-person, on-demand and in live virtual sessions.

Support Groups

James L. West Center coordinates dementia caregiver support groups, funded in part by the Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging. Groups are facilitated by Hollie Glover, Director of Education and Family Support Services. Hollie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified dementia care expert. The support groups provide a topic each week, but there is also time for open discussion. The goal of the support group is to help you reduce your feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue and improve your coping skills and sense of adjustment.

The support groups are open to any caregiver or family member who is caring for a loved one with dementia.

Wednesday Online Support Group

1 - 2 p.m.

NEW! Thursday Senior Day Program Support Group

4 - 5 p.m.

Friday In-person Support Group

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday Online Support Group

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., every other week.

Wednesday Online Support Group

1 - 2 p.m.

Friday In-person Support Group

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday Online Support Group

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Second Saturday of each month

Learning to Care for Self, Others

We offer a variety of programs every month that help family and friend caregivers improve their knowledge and skills in how to provide the best care for their loved ones and themselves.  A few of our most popular programs are Alzheimer’s & Dementia Family Caregiver Training, Dealing with Dementia, Stress Busters, Dealing with Dementia, Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch®.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Family Caregiver Training

Caregiver Training is a six-session training series that teaches proven techniques and interventions to successfully care for persons living with dementia in a healthy manner. The sessions can be presented in a series or individually. Care Partners who completed the training have reported increased confidence in their caregiving abilities and felt reassured that their loved one is getting proper care.

Lunch and Learn

The James L. West education team schedules monthly Lunch and Learn sessions on the first Wednesday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics vary month-to-month.

Dealing with Dementia Workshop - A Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving program

Dealing with Dementia (DWD) is a four-hour interactive workshop that helps caregivers understand dementia, manage problem behaviors and take better care of themselves. Participation in the Dealing with Dementia workshop is proven to increase dementia knowledge and confidence in the caregiver’s ability to provide care.

DWD Workshops give family and professional caregivers access to the powerful Dealing with Dementia Guide with information such as:

Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers

The Stress-Busting program is proven to help Alzheimer’s and dementia care partners through their journey. This program meets weekly for 9 weeks in a small group setting. The goal is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and help caregivers manage their stress and cope better with life.

The Stress Busting program teaches: 

Dementia Live ®

Compassionate Touch®

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