Join SCES for Free Savvy Caregiver Dementia Training

Savvy Caregiver instructors Amit Solanki and Nathaniel Meyer.

Registration is now open for Savvy Caregiver, a free training program that provides family caregivers with skills and knowledge about dementia.

Offered by Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES), the 6-week course will be taught at Somerville Council on Aging, located at 167 Holland St., Somerville. Classes will convene from 10- to noon on Fridays starting April 26.

Savvy Caregiver is a nationally recognized evidence-based dementia family caregiver training program. It is designed to provide relevant knowledge and skills to support family members as they provide care for their relative or friend living with dementia. Savvy Caregiver programs have been proven to decrease family caregiver distress, burden, and depression, while increasing caregivers’ sense of competence and confidence in their care role.

Savvy Caregiver provides person-centered, active-learning programs in a variety of formats that integrate core principles and insights from gerontology, nursing, family systems, and occupational therapy. The curriculum includes an overview of dementia and its various stages, along with how its progression can impact daily life. Families learn strategies to enhance their own self-care as well as day-to-day time with their person.

The SCES Savvy Caregiver class will be taught be following instructors:

Nathaniel Meyer is a Social Worker who has been helping families provide the best care at home through the SCES Adult Family Care program for 11 years. He has taught Savvy Caregiver since 2017.

Amit Solanki is a Senior Community Support Specialist and Public Benefit Specialist who is passionate about elder care and caregiving. He has a particular interest in science, mindfulness, and mental health. This is his first Savvy Caregiver training.

A limited number of slots are available for the course. To register call Meghan Ostrander at 617-628-2601 ext. 3172 or email meghan.ostrander@eldercare.org. Local transportation is available for the classes.

SCES will offer more Savvy Caregiver courses at dates to be announced in 2024.

 Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services is a non-profit agency that supports the independence and well-being of older adults and adults with disabilities in Somerville and Cambridge. For free advice and guidance on questions of aging, caregiving or disability, contact our Community Support Center at 617-628-2601, email info@eldercare.org, or visit our website eldercare.org.