On November 14, 2019, at the Danvers Council on Aging, the North Shore Alzheimer's Partnership will be offering a program from 5PM- 7PM for family caregivers. Conquering Caregiver Overload is the topic of the event. Mal Allard is a Board Certified Alzheimer's Educator Licensed Nurse and an Alzheimer’s & Dementia Consultant who helps family caregivers understand how to meet their loved one, from their loved one's perspective. Mal Allard has served the needs of seniors for over 25 years and has worked in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias for over twenty years. In 2003, Mal founded and developed her business, Their Real World. Their Real World is an Alzheimer's and Dementia company providing necessary, basic and concrete education for professionals, family caregivers, and the community at large. The information is presented in a Compassionate and Direct manner with dashes of humor sprinkled throughout. Mal creates her programs to be enjoyable, enlightening and memorable. Mal participated in an award winning Joanne Koenig Coste DVD introducing Habilitation entitled “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s". She travels extensively for a variety of educational and awareness requests, as well as for fundraising efforts. She is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts & New Hampshire, the Alzheimer's Clinical Forum, Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, and Minuteman Senior Services. There will be pizza and refreshments served. To register, call the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. Check out Mal on YouTube about communicating with people with dementia: https://youtu.be/5WuxpDjY1xc.
Family caregiving can be the most thankless job in the United States. Many family caregivers take care of their kids, must go to work and some are worried about their own retirement and old age. The addition if caring for a family caregiver can feel like it is all too much to bear. Mal Allard will help caregivers step back from the enormity of their tasks and start to look at self care as something essential, not something that is all the way down the "to do" list. Caregiving is a strain on family's finances, physical health and mental health. It is time to acknowledge, so we can conquer that overload. It is good for the family caregiver and it is good for the care recipient with Alzheimer's.