Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease impacts every aspect of your daily life.As Alzheimer’s patients lose one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving, and resiliency. Maintaining your emotional and physical fitness is crucial. Preparing yourself, understanding your loved one’s experience and seeking support from others can be a big help. The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group at Aledo United Methodist Church is a place that caregivers can go to learn about the disease and learn how to better cope with the challenges that face their loved love. Exploring common Alzheimer's experiences can “shift your perspective and show you that you are not alone.”For many, Alzheimer's care includes not only challenges but also many rich rewards.Providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes described as the reverse of raising a child. You can support and nourish your loved one’s independence and stability, but cognitive and physical regression will ultimately require 24-hour care. Although medical advances can slow early stage decline, Alzheimer’s remains a terminal disease. When the time comes that the patient can no longer live outside a facility, the family must face the decision of moving their loved one to a nursing home or memory care assisted living facility. This is very expensive and Medicare does not pay for this care. If a person does not have long term care insurance and are not wealthy, then they must turn to Medicaid for support. Medicaid, for most people, seems like a complicated system. On July 11, the Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group in Aledo will host Jim Audet, a senior medicaid counselor, who will discuss what to expect from Medicaid, how to plan for Medicaid care and how to apply and qualify for Medicaid. Audet is a member of the Law Offices of Michele Audet, P.C. in Weatherford which is a Texas-based law office that is dedicated to assisting individuals and families throughout the county. Texas secure financial aid for nursing home expenses or long term care needs. This seminar will help to educate families on how to qualify for financial assistance through Medicaid and in doing so, strive to explore and utilize any and all legal means of protecting both hard earned income and assets from unnecessary spend-down.The Medicaid Seminar is hosted by the Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group which meets at Aledo United Methodist Church on July 11 at noon. Aledo United Methodist Church is located at Oak at Pecan Street in Aledo. This seminar is free and open to anyone.This support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association trains qualified volunteers to facilitate support groups that office optimal emotional, educational and social support. The Alzheimer's Association can be reached by calling 800-272-3900.