According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 43.5 million adult family caregivers provide care for someone 50 years of age and over.

The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of over 150 agencies committed to helping family caregivers by operating a website providing caregivers with an extensive catalog of resources including caregiver support groups, articles and audio files on popular caregiver support topics.

The Caregiver Resource Network also initiated Family Caregiver University which provides monthly classes on caregiving topics like fall prevention and safety, understanding dementia, and bathing and personal hygiene.

The next Family Caregiver University class is "Dementia: How to Understand It and Handle it Better."

It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, located at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

You can register by emailing or calling 616-222-7032.

Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids also offers workshops to local businesses, clubs, organizations or groups to teach people about dementia, how to recognize it, how to communicate with somebody who has it and how to help.

For more information on the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, click here.