Caregivers of individuals who have dementia can hear suggestions and learn about local resources at a free event.
The second annual Prince William Area Dementia Caregivers Symposium is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 9, according to a release from the county.
The Prince William Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter are hosting the program, which will take place in the Board Chambers at the McCoart Government Center in Woodbridge.
It seeks the provide caregivers with skills that could make it easier for them to complete certain tasks, according to Jane Priest, regional manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Capital Area Chapter’s programs and services.
“Striving to understand and respond to dementia-related behaviors in such a way to achieve a positive interaction during daily life is what dementia caregivers face every day,” Priest said in a release. “Having information, education, caregiver tips and best practices for care empowers the whole family, especially the primary caregiver.”
Bathing, dressing and grooming are among the topics that will be covered.
Priest will give the talk “Let’s Wash Up” at the symposium. She will discuss how caregivers can assist with personal care.
“Bathing is often the most difficult personal care activity that caregivers face,” Priest said in a release. “This symposium will offer techniques and caregiving tips that are designed to help guide the caregiver to successful interactions and foster positive results.”
Insight Memory Care Center’s Director of Education Lindsey Vajpeyi will give a presentation about how caregivers can effectively communicate with individuals who have dementia.
During the mid-stages of dementia, people are unable to take care of themselves properly.
“The mid-stages generally represent the individual’s gradual inability to provide daily life care for themselves,” Priest said. “They gradually lose the ability to find their way about, prepare food to eat, bathe, toilet, groom or dress themselves. Gradually, they need care oversight 24/7.”
Symposium attendees will also receive an update on the Virginia Alzheimer’s State Plan from Department of Social Services Director Courtney Tierney.
Refreshments and box lunches will be provided at the event, but seating is limited.
To sign up, call 703-766-9018 or email email@example.com.
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