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JFS to Present Communication Strategies for Interacting with Individuals with Dementia

SPRINGFIELD — On Wednesday, May 12 from noon to 1 p.m., Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts (JFS) will offer a virtual educational presentation by the Alzheimer’s Assoc. to provide information and helpful strategies for caregivers and the general public.

Communication is more than just talking and listening; it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. The event will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, and participants will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

This program is free and open to the public and will be held virtually on Zoom. Registration is required. To register, click here.