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Are you a family caregiver or do you know a family caregiver in need of respite (or temporary relief)? Alabama Lifespan Respite has been gracious enough to offer a $350.00 respite voucher as a door prize at our Annual Caregiver Conference "Dementia Aware" on June 28th at American Village in Alabaster.

The winner of this door prize must be present to win. Please register to attend our conference at www.m4a.org or call our agency at 205-670-5770.
M4A's Home & Community Based Services -Medicaid Waiver program can help you stay at home in your local community.  The program is designed to allow older adults and individuals with disabilities who would otherwise require nursing home level care to remain at home.  Services available include:

- Case Management
- Homemaker Services
- Personal Care Services
- Respite Services
- Companion Services
- Home Delivered Meals

Individuals applying for assistance through a Medicaid Waiver must meet certain medical criteria and have resources below a certain limit, which varies according to the program.

Other Medicaid Waiver programs available through M4A are Personal Choices and ACT Waiver.

For more information, please call our office at 205-670-5770.
M4A IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEER DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TRAINERS FOR BLOUNT, CHILTON, SHELBY, ST. CLAIR, AND WALKER COUNTIES.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY, PASSIONATE ABOUT GIVING BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY, AND ENJOY PUBLIC SPEAKING, THIS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY IS THE PERFECT FIT.

PLEASE CONTACT ROBYN JAMES FOR MORE INFORMATION AT RJAMES@M4A.ORG
Celebrate Independence Day with Alzheimer's of Central Alabama!  Help deserving families caring for an Alzheimer's patient by sponsoring a July 4th Picnic Basket with your donation of $25!
 
Each basket will be hand delivered to a family caring for an Alzheimer's patient by an ACA volunteer.  It is easy to remember those in need at Christmas, but the families we serve have needs year round!
 
Each Picnic Basket includes:
 
Meat for a cookout
BBQ sauce
Baked beans
Assorted canned vegetables
Fruit
Cookies
Napkins (you gotta have napkins at a picnic)
 
Visit alzca.org/july4 to make a donation of $25 to sponsor a basket for one family or as many as you wish.   Your donation can be made in honor or memory of someone you love.
 
Meat for a cookout has been donated by an ACA board member, but we need your help to cover the fixings!
 
PELHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT BECOMES STATE'S FIRST DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FIRE DEPARTMENT
 
By Briana Harris

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

PELHAM – On Thursday, May 31, the Pelham Fire Department became the first fire department in the state to become designated as “dementia friendly” by the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A).

The Dementia Friendly Training Program is available statewide to first responder agencies and teaches them what dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases are, how to be sensitive to those dealing with it and their caregivers and how to respond appropriately to situations to get the best outcomes.

Robyn James, M4A marketing director and leader of the dementia training team, said M4A has trained more than 400 first responders so far and most of those have been in Shelby County.  A total of 68 firefighters completed the 2-hour course and received certificates of completion

“This is a part of a movement for people to be knowledgeable, sensitive and responsive,” James said.

A part of the training also included allowing to firefighters to use aging sensitivity kits. The firefighters had to complete simple tasks while earing tinted glasses and thick gloves so they can see how difficult it can be for people who are aging.
“It really teaches them to be sensitive to people who are aging,” James said. “They really get a lot out of that part of the course.”

Various scenarios were given to help the firefighters recognize when a person might have dementia.

“We also give them resources for families and it’s been well-received so far,” James said. “Shelby County has really taken the lead to ensure that everyone is trained. The Pelham Police Chief sat in on the training and now he is working to schedule their training.”
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