Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2

Alzheimer’s Association Hosts Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2

YAKIMA – Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington state. It is expected to be a major health issue in the years to come as baby boomers retire. But there is help and support available for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

A day-long educational conference Nov. 2 at the Yakima Convention Center will provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and health-care professionals caring for those with dementia.

Family caregivers will have sessions tailored to their needs, offering helpful tips to address the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Those include relationship changes, communication, keeping them safe and managing difficult behaviors.

The sessions, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be offered concurrently in both English and Spanish, and are free for family caregivers caring for loved ones. A special track for health-care professionals is $50. It offers basic and advanced sessions to address the progression of dementia-related diseases. A complimentary box lunch is provided.

There is also a separate, education program in the evening, which focuses on frontotemporal dementia, for continuing education credits for medical providers. This no-cost program will be held at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

The conference is sponsored by The Memorial Foundation, The Peggy Schaake Charitable Fund, Highgate Senior Living, Southeast Washington Aging & Long Term Care.

For more information or to register, visit alzwa.org, email MemoryLossConf@alz.org or call 800-848-7097 ext. 8170.

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Dress up as your favorite superhero & run/walk to benefit local kids on Oct. 15

Dress up as your favorite superhero!
and run/walk to benefit local kids on Oct. 15

Ace Hardware is hosting a run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 15, to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero for the “Superheroes for Local Miracles!” 5K.

The event, sponsored by Ace and Les Schwab Tires, will be held at the Ace Hardware Distribution Center, 7702 Duffield Road, Moxee. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event begins at 9 a.m. The cost to enter, which includes a T-shirt, is $25 for adults and $15 for youth under age 16.

All donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.
Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

CWU Dance Marathon to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

CWU Dance Marathon to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications: (509) 577-5051

WHAT: Central Washington University is hosting a dance marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Students will dance for 5 hours straight for kids who can’t. All money raised locally stays local; going to Central Washington’s only CMN hospital, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.
Donations can be made here: http://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1085.

WHO: Students at CWU dancing to help area kids.

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7.

WHERE: Central’s Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg.

VISUALS: Very tired but determined dancers!

INTERVIEWS: Josh Munson, Development and Communications Director, The Memorial Foundation: 509-576-5794. Dallas Murrey, CWU student and event organizer: 253-678-9854.

BACKGROUND: Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

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