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Throughout recorded human history, many names have been given to what we now know as dementia, the most common form of which is Alzheimer’s Disease. Though many know the name, few people can tell you much about this devastating illness.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a chronic, degenerative disease which means that it progresses slowly and gets worse as it progresses. More than four million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, a number that is expected to reach 14 million by the year 2050. Americans incorrectly assume that Alzheimer’s patients reside in nursing homes, however close to half of the Alzheimer’s patients in the United States reside at home.
To address this issue, a fall caregiver seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. The Confident Caregiver will equip family members and professional caregivers with practical tips and insights from featured speaker, Andy Crocker, Extension Program Specialist–Gerontology Health for the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. The sessions will weave together common themes and issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and care and lead participants on a journey with individuals and their families as they move deeper into the world of Alzheimer’s. Attendees will get a glimpse of what it is like to be the person with dementia. The seminar will touch on issues such as diagnosis, driving safety, end of life decisions and the science behind the disease.
The conference is sponsored by the Navarro Family and Consumer Science Committee of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Area Agency on Aging of North Central Texas, Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice, Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Assisted Living, and Navarro Regional Hospital. CEU’s will be provided for Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers and all others will receive a certificate of attendance for six contact hours (0.6 CEU’s). There is a fee of $25 for professionals and no charge for family caregivers. Lunch will also be provided.
For more information or to register, contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service at 903-654-3075 or visit http://navarro.agrilife.org/ Educational programs by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioner’s Courts of Texas cooperating.
Paula Butler is a Texas AgriLife Extension Agent