YAKIMA, October 9, 2015 – 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. 3 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 3:45 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.
The conference is sponsored by The Memorial Foundation, The Peggy Schaake Charitable Fund, Fieldstone Memory Care and Aging and Long Term Care.
For more information or to register, visit alzwa.org or call 206-363-5000 ext. 8170.