A Leader’s Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups – Digital Download
Now available as a book! Find it here.
If you’re thinking about starting a support group for dementia care partners, this downloadable leader’s manual is for you.
The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook is a new resource from Companion Press that is both a support group participant’s manual and self-study guide for care partners who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Its ten concise lessons not only step you through the types, brain biology, and progressive symptoms of dementia but also offer practical tips for managing behaviors, coping with emotional issues, prioritizing self-care, and planning ahead—everything from diagnosis to end-of-life
If you are a medical, mental health, or other healthcare professional wanting to lead a support group for dementia care partners, or a layperson with a heart for those “on the journey,” A Leader’s Manual for Dementia Care-Partner Support Groups is the comprehensive resource you need. The Manual provides general information about establishing and leading support groups, counseling skills for leaders and co-leaders, how to handle challenging group participants, step-by-step instructions on how to run each of the ten individual weekly meetings (including meeting-specific handouts), and lots of practical advice from co-authors Dr. Edward Shaw, physician, mental health counselor, and former dementia care partner, and Dr. Alan Wolfelt, world-renowned thanatologist, grief counselor, and author.
Simply purchase and download the PDF. Print out the whole thing or individual sheets as needed.
The handouts and worksheets are number coded for easy cross-referencing with the content of The Dementia Care-Partner’s Workbook. For a list of contents click here or contact the Center for Loss at (970)226-6050.
This is also the perfect companion resource for A Support Group for People Living with Dementia: The Leader’s Manual for those interested in offering support groups for people living with dementia and their caregivers.