Alzheimer’s Workshop at The Place
By: Rachel Minton
“In the United States alone, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is projected to jump to 16 million by 2050. One in every 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause among the elderly” (Alzheimer’s Association). Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia and it is also the most prevalent type of dementia. Nearly 85% of all dementia is Alzheimer’s.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There is also a tremendous amount of fear and stigma surrounding both dementia and Alzheimer’s. For many, Alzheimer’s and dementia are dirty words, never to be spoken or acknowledged. Ultimately this fear and stigma keep people from getting the help they need and deserve.
The Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, the R&R Respite Care Center and The Place have teamed up to bring a half-day workshop on Alzheimer’s and caregiving to Wickenburg. If you or someone you know is affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s time to learn the facts and dispel the myths and stereotypes. The workshop will focus on the following three main topics: (1) The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease; (2) Difficult Behaviors: What Do I Do?; and (3) Legal and Financial planning for Alzheimer’s disease.
The workshop is being held at The Place on Friday May 30th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Light refreshments will be offered. There is no cost to attend the workshop and it is open to the public. If you are a caregiver, free respite care will be available through the R&R Respite Care Center; however you must pre-register with the center at least one day prior to the workshop. You can register for the conference by calling Rachel Minton, Program Manager of the R&R Respite Care Center, at 928-684-3480 or by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 602-528-0545.