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PHH to host monthly dementia education serie

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017

Parkview Huntington Hospital will host a monthly dementia education program series presented by the Alzheimer’s Association beginning in May. Programs in the five-month series are designed to provide a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, as well as equip participants with skills in communicating with, and understanding behaviors of, people who have dementia. Prevention tips for healthy aging will also be covered.

This free May to September education series is open to the public, as well as to caregivers and family members or friends of people who are living with dementia. The programs will take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

For many years, the hospital has hosted the Alzheimer’s Association’s monthly support group for caregivers on the second Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the lower-level classrooms at 2001 Stults Road. The support group offers emotional and social support for people dealing with the special challenges of caring for someone with this type of dementia.

The May to September education program will take place immediately following the Alzheimer’s support group, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants at the education programs are welcome to purchase lunch in the Parkview Huntington HOSPITALity Café (just steps away from the classrooms) or bring lunch along with them. Trained community educators from the Alzheimer’s Association will present the monthly programs in a casual “lunch and learn” format.

May 10 - Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters - This program provides an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Learn what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease. A video will introduce you to people who are in the early stages of dementia and follow their families, addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s.

June 14 - The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease - Learn the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that should be evaluated by a medical professional. Topics include the common causes of memory loss, risk factors and the importance of an accurate diagnosis. A video of physicians, individuals with Alzheimer’s and caregivers will provide perspective.

July 12 - Effective Communication Strategies - Communication involves more than talking and listening; it’s about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia progress in their journey, and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

August 9 - Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behaviors - Behavior is a powerful form of communication, and it’s one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as words become less accessible. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Learn to decipher behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and pick up strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s.

September 12 - Healthy Living for your Brain and Body - Tips from the Latest Research - For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

For more information, contact Melanie Hull at (260) 355-3319.