Caregiver’s event is Aug. 22

To the editor:

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter is proud to again partner with Iowa Central Community College, Elderbridge Agency on the Aging, Friendship Haven and the Marion Home to present the ninth annual Caregiver’s Conference on Dementia to be held at Iowa Central Community College, Bioscience and Health Sciences building Aug. 22.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the numbers of those affected are rapidly increasing. Sadly, the odds are not in our favor. Chances are if it hasn’t already, this disease will impact your life or the life of someone you know. Whether you are a professional or family caregiver for someone with the disease, or just interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, this year’s conference will have something for everyone.

Nationally acclaimed guest speaker Erin Bonitto will describe the differences between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and show how Alzheimer’s and related dementias damage the brain. Bonitto, the innovator of Life Enrichment Systems for dementia, will share tools and hands-on approaches to help reduce the frustrations involved with understanding the disease and help caregivers to create meaningful moments, have increased communication skills, and build strength-based activities to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Preregistration is required by Aug. 15. We recommend signing up early. Last year the conference registration filled up prior to the event and many had to be put on to a waiting list. … Please register today.

On Aug. 22, conference sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. at the Bioscience Building at Iowa Central. Family caregivers, seniors and those wanting general information are invited to attend the morning session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Preregistration is required. Seniors and family caregivers will be able to attend at no cost, thanks to our sponsors. Health care professionals (including doctors, nurses, CNAs, social workers, etc.) will attend from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and will receive 7.5 contact credit hours and certificates of attendance for $75. A lunch will be provided at no charge for all who sign up to attend the full day.

To register call (800) 362.2793, ext. 1320. For questions about Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia’s or to get information on our upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Oct. 12 please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 576-4884 or (800) 272-3900 24/7.

Amy Von Bank

Program and events coordinator

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter

Fort Dodge office