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A UVM center to support dementia caregivers

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – After two years in the making, the UVM Medical Center now has a program to help dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers find the support and resources they need to care for and advocate for their loved ones and themselves.

In Vermont, the majority of diagnosed dementia patients receive care at home by a loved one, according to officials with the new Dementia Family Caregiver Center. They say it’s easy for caregivers to become frustrated, depressed, or forget about their own personal life. The program will offer resources like peer-to-peer mentorship, counseling, and group therapy.

“Many family caregivers don’t necessarily know how or where to provide support and care for the person they are caring for. What we will be is kind of a pathway for caregivers to call and ask for information about services that already exist,” said Lori McKenna, the Dementia Family Caregiver Center program manager.

The center is also piloting a program to address the shortage of workers whose focus is providing support and resources for at-home caregivers of individuals with dementia.

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