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|Date: February 22, 2001
What: Meeting the Caregiver Challenge II: A Conference for Caregivers of People with Alzheimers/Dementia
Where: Williams Conference Center, LCSC Campus
When: 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2001
Contact: Extended Programs Office, 792-2447
LCSC Hosts Conference for Caregivers
When memories fade and loved ones or friends demand constant attention, the pressures sometimes become daunting for caregivers.
Lewis-Clark State College will offer a one-day conference on Alzheimers and other dementia illnesses designed to give caregivers the knowledge and tools they need to effectively serve their loved ones and friends.
The April 11 conference will feature Dr. Laura Mosqueda of the John Douglas French Center for Alzheimers Disease, Los Alamitos, California, a world-renowned care facility for dementia patients.
Presented by LCSCs Extended Programs office and co-sponsored by the Alzheimers Association: Greater Idaho Chapter, the Inland Northwest Chapter of Alzheimers Association and Pfizer, the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $64 if registration is received before March 23, and $74 thereafter. Twenty registrations are reserved for students who wish to attend at a student rate. Continuing Education Unit credit (.5) is available for an additional fee. Lunch is included in the cost of the conference.
Early registration is strongly advised since seating is limited to 125 persons and a capacity crowd is expected.
After a brief welcome by Dr. Darrel L. Hammon, associate vice president for Extended Programs at LCSC, Dr. Laura Mosqueda will provide an overview of dementing illnesses.
The morning program will include an overview of dementing illnesses and a review of the important differences among Alzheimers Disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontal temporal lobe dementia. The what and why of the different behaviors will be emphasized. In addition, Dr. Mosqueda will discuss medical evaluation and work up and the basic components that comprise a good evaluation. Completing the morning session will be a review of medications used to treat dementia and/or the common medical problems in persons with dementia.
The afternoon session will provide an approach to understanding/analyzing behavior problems and treatment strategies (non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic). In closing, Dr. Mosqueda will distribute post-diagnostic guidelines developed by an expert consensus panel designed to be used by health care providers as well as caregivers and persons with dementia.
The conference is designed to promote more positive experiences for Alzheimers and dementia patients and for the professionals and loved ones who provide their daily care, explains Kristy Roberts, conference coordinator.
Conference sessions will expand the understanding and issues related to the care of dementia patients as well as provide practical tools and resources to assist caregivers in delivering high quality care, she added.
Roberts said the conference will prove especially beneficial for family caregivers; staff members of skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities, and assisted living facilities; hospice caregivers, home health agency and adult daycare program staff members; and other health care providers.
For more information or to register in advance, contact Extended Programs at 208-792-2447.
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