Note: Each issue of Dimensions features a contribution from one of the Alzheimer's groups in Washington. This article is reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer Society of Washingtosn.
On Oct. 16 and 17 the Alzheimer Society Of Washington held its 17th annual two-day conference, The Quilt of Caregiving: Creating Patterns for Dementia Care. Approximately 175 individuals attended this event, held in Bellingham, Wash.. ADRC researcher Dr. Susan McCurry presented an educational session on behavioral interventions to treat sleep disturbances in individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Other topics focused on caring for the caregiver, music and other therapeutic activities, medications and their interactions, coping with difficult behaviors, and different models of residential care for persons with dementia.
The Alzheimer Society will also be offering a one-day workshop on April 23. Moyra Jones, the originator of the ‘prosthesis of care’ philosophy known as GentleCare, will provide insights in understanding behaviors, new skills in providing care and a different way of designing life-care programs so persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia can continue to enjoy life. Be sure to mark your calendars for this unique opportunity.
Please contact the Alzheimer Society Of Washington, 800-493-3959, for additional information or to register for the Spring Workshop on April 23.