Calling all family caregivers supporting loved ones with memory loss.

Riverside now offers a new, online and free educational video course to help individuals who care for someone with Alzheimer's or other memory impairments.

Presented by Riverside’s Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health (CEALH), the goal of “Caring for You: Mind, Body and Soul” is to provide family caregivers an opportunity to learn new skills and tools to increase their self-care and confidence as a caregiver.

Using a microlearning format, lessons are delivered online and in quick video bursts. By keeping each video at 10 minutes or less, participants can quickly absorb and apply the concepts in their daily lives.

The program consists of 10 lessons that include:

  • Caring for Your Mind: Guilt and Fear, Frustration, Loss and Grief
  • Caring for Your Body: Body Mechanics, Sleep
  • Caring for Your Soul: Spirituality, Being in the Moment Together, Just for You
  • Caring for Your Mind, Body and Soul: Identifying and Accepting Help

All lessons are accessible at anytime from anywhere with an internet connection – without scheduling or leaving home.

Participants can register at learning.virginianavigator.org or call Riverside Senior Care Navigation at 1-888-597-0828 for more information.

This microlearning course was inspired by the award-winning “Caring for You, Caring for Me” seminar series developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. Riverside has been presenting the seminar series in the community for years and following the award of a federal grant was able to translate the program into a microlearning series.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our health system,” said Christine Jensen, Ph.D., Director of Health Services Research for Riverside CEALH and a Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving Master Trainer. “There are some truly remarkable family caregivers out there, performing complex tasks – some quite medical in nature – with little training. We have to lift our family caregivers up, shore them up with evidence-based programs and convenient educational opportunities that empower them to keep doing what they’re doing.”

Published: April 7, 2020