Aging, Alzheimer’s, & Caregiving

Aging & alzheimers services

Mha Alzheimers

Caring for an aging loved one can often be a journey fraught with uncertainty, frustration and depression. Lynn Wood, our aging services coordinator, dedicates herself to providing tools for the caregiver to feel empowered day by day.

“As for aging, I do the job because there are a number of people and agencies focusing on the person living with dementia and focusing on the why’s, but there are not a lot of resources on how to help the person who is doing the job of caregiver. I want to help the caregiver not only know what to do but how to do it,” – Lynn Wood

MHA of the MidSouth offers the following support services for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss disorders. Caregivers also receive free consultations, referrals to community resources, as well as medical and legal information. Please call Lynn Wood at 615-269-5355 to learn more or email her at lwood@mhamidsouth.org.

  • A Support Group is available for caregivers of persons with dementia. This support group is unique because it is led by a professional facilitator. We currently meet the third Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Please contact Lynn Wood for locations and more information.
  • “Just the Facts…Preparing Alzheimer’s Caregivers” is a four-session class offered several times a year to caregivers in various locations around Middle Tennessee. Professionals present materials in their specific area of expertise. Speakers include elder-law attorneys, psychiatrists and counselors.
  • In-Home Caregiver Education is a free service offered year-round in 13 counties in Middle Tennessee. This is a personalized session with Lynn Wood that can take place in your home or another location of your choosing. Resources, caregiving strategies, and many other topics are presented to you in an individual and private manner. This session is tailored specifically for you!
  • “Communicating Effectively with Health Care Professionals” is a workshop for caregivers offered several times during the year throughout Middle Tennessee. This 3-hour workshop will teach you how to get the most out your doctors’ visits. Learn what questions to ask and how to build mutual understanding.