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The Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington is hosting an educational conference Nov. 4 in Yakima to provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and health care professionals in Central Washington who are caring for people with dementia.
Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington state, and state officials are working to develop an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan to map out the needs of the thousands of Washington residents who are and will be affected by this progressive, fatal disease.
At this conference, family caregivers will have sessions devoted specifically to them, offering helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care for loved ones. These sessions will address challenges to caring for a loved one with dementia, including relationship changes, communication, maximizing safety and difficult behaviors.
The family caregiver sessions will be offered concurrently in both English and Spanish and are being offered at no charge to participants, made possible in part by a generous grant from The Memorial Foundation.
A second track of the conference offers sessions to address the progression of dementia-related diseases for health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, medical assistants and medical students who are or will be caring for people with dementia. The registration fee is $50.
A separate evening, educational program for continuing education credits is also available for physicians and medical professionals.
For more information about the conference, the education program or to register, visit alzwa.org/cms/yacc or call (206) 529-3894.