Helping Families Train for Alzheimer's

Tom Tewhill died from Alzheimer's earlier this year

Nicole Ebat

OMAHA(KPTM)--Area families who have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's can no learn more about how they can care for that person.

The Home Instead Senior Care office in Omaha is offering free in-person training.

"We're here to offer them resources on how they can feel more confident in the care they're providing and also offer a support group setting for them," said managing director Vicki Castleman. "Sometimes it's just nice to hear others going through the same situation."

Kathy Tewhill knows how helpful the classes can be. She took them before her husband, Tom, died from the disease.

"The idea of being informed about this disease is so crucial. You can not stick your head in the sand, not for this one. It won't go away and you'll make poor decisions, you'll make it worse for your loved ones and yourself unless you know what you're dealing with,"she said.

Signs of the disease started hitting Tom in his fifties. He received the diagnosis a few years later.

By then Kathy had to help him with day-to-day activities.

"He couldn't do things, he couldn't write he couldn't make a sandwich. Things didn't make sense to him," she said.

With the help of training and her personal research, Kathy helped Tom live to the fullest until he died earlier this year.

She's not alone in that experience.

There are 15 million people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's.

Kathy says she hopes others will hear her story and seek the help and knowledge needed to best care for their loved ones.

"Love isn't enough unless it's educated and I needed to know the importance of cherishing every single moment with Tom because it could well be my last."

The next training session is December 19th. If you'd like to sign up, you can visit the Home Instead Senior Care website or call the office at 402-498-3444.