On Wednesday, April 23, The Watermark at East Hill will kick off a four-part learning series designed for people who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the senior living community, located at 611 East Hill Road in Southbury.


The classes will be led by the Alzheimer’s Resource Center’s Director of Community Services Stephani Shivers and Director of Community and Family Relations Shaiza Chaudry. Located in Planstville, the Alzheimer’s Resource Center is an organization that provides families and patients with guidance, resources and information on Alzheimer’s disease.


The first session will be an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss and will explore different forms of dementia, the disease and its processes, and how to best relate to people living with it.


The following topics will be discussed at the subsequent classes:


April 30: What it feels like to have memory loss and how to create positive, emotional experiences for loved ones through innovative approaches to care.


May 7: How to approach and communicate with people living with dementia in a way that provides safe and successful assistance in their routines.


May 14: How to plan for long-term care, and the financial, physical and emotional support needed for people living with memory loss.

“As more loved ones choose to provide care to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, it has become increasingly important that resources are available to help them through this difficult process,” said Michelle Bettigole, Executive Director of The Watermark at East Hill. “We encourage anyone who is providing care to attend these informative sessions in our safe and supportive environment.”


This series of classes is free of charge and open to the public, however reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, please contact The Watermark at East Hill at 203-262-6868.