Alzheimer’s brings about many changes for those impacted.
Early on, individuals who have the disease experience memory loss and struggle to concentrate.
As it advances, additional issues arise, according to a release from Prince William County.
“Caregivers must learn new techniques to provide personal care, be prepared for unexpected behavior situations and manage emergencies,” Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter Regional Manager for Programs and Services Jane Priest said in a release. “Reaching out to community resources and support is essential for caregivers.”
Members of the community will be able to learn more about the challenges at the third annual Dementia Caregiver Conference.
Organized by the association and the Prince William Agency on Aging, the free event is starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 4.
It’s going to be hosted at the Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road in Manassas.
Techniques that address the three stages of Alzheimer’s will be covered, according to the agency of aging’s community-based services division manager Ed Harrison.
“I look at Alzheimer’s as uneven stair steps. You don’t know how long a person is going to be at given level, or when the next change is coming, so planning is extremely important,” Harrison said in a release. “Sometimes families are just white knuckling it – just kind of holding on and treading water. Having a plan is important. If nothing else, it lets you know where you’re going next.”
Conference participants will receive a box lunch and refreshments.
Those interested in attending may register by contacting Priest at 703-766-9018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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