Alzheimer’s workshop planned

Staff report

LAURINBURG — An Alzheimer’s and dementia workshop will be held on Jan. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Multimedia Room at Scotia Village located at 2200 Elm Avenue in Laurinburg.

Family caregivers or anyone who would like to learn more about dementia are invited to attend. The workshop will focus on how to best assist people who are experiencing cognitive changes.

There are 5.3 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease which causes damage to the neural cells in the brain. As the disease progresses, the neural cells shrink and die causing cognitive and functional impairments. Alzheimer’s disease affects one’s ability to take care of their own activities of daily living and interferes with language, perception, judgment and memory. It is often family members, friends and neighbors who are called on to help care for the person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as they decline.

Melanie Bunn, a dementia training consultant with Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc. will facilitate the interactive workshop.

Topics will include memory loss, dealing with challenging behaviors, bathing & hygiene, communication techniques, fostering cooperation, alternative interventions and care for the caregivers. Kits will be available to help families learn more about preventing wandering and to help with identification if a person with Alzheimer’s becomes lost.

Sponsored by the Lumber River Council of Government’s Family Caregiver Support Program and Scotia Village, the workshop is free and lunch will be provided.

Registration is required to attend.

Contact Scotia Village at 910-277-2000 before Dec. 31 to reserve a seat.

Staff report

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