REACH stands for Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in the Community. This is an evidence based program designed to support caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
REACH is free to caregivers aged 60 and older and/or caregivers of any age that are caring for a person aged 60 and older. Caregiver or care recipient must live in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, or Wexford county.
The program includes an initial assessment and four individual sessions with a certified REACH Program Coach. Each session is an hour and focuses on specific topics. Sessions can be done in-person (home or Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan office), over the phone or virtually using a computer or tablet.
What happens during REACH? Session 1 establishes rapport; stress is discussed and a stress management technique is taught and practiced. In Session 2, education on dementia and strategies to address safety concerns are offered. Learning and practicing problem solving is the main focus of this session. After a review of problem solving, Session 3 focuses on positive thinking/mood management. Session 4 provides an opportunity for Coach and Caregiver to work on additional concerns and to review the program and strategies to use in the future. A part of each session is the Caregiver’s commitment to try strategies that have been discussed.
To refer yourself or a caregiver you know to the program complete the referral form using the link above after receiving the caregivers consent.