Caregiver Conference Offers Information on Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

By: Alzheimer's Association Last Updated: May 16, 2012

AlzheimersAssociationThis year's Spring Caregiver Conference hosted by the Alzheimer's Association will be held Thursday, June 14, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (CST), at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center, 3550 East US Route 30, Merrillville, IN 46410. The conference is designed for professional caregivers and family members of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The featured speaker will present on how to deal with behaviors exhibited by confused individuals.

Dealing with these behaviors requires an understanding of motivation, a desire to learn who the person really is, the drive to find out what they want to do, and the willingness to help them get it done.

Diana Waugh, R.N., will present this day-long conference. Waugh brings both formal education and years of practical nursing experience to her audience. Waugh has served on faculties for a variety of nursing programs, managed a regional rehabilitation program, and worked as a long-term care consultant for over 20 years.

The cost for the program is $30 for family members and $60 for professionals and includes break service, lunch and conference materials. Professionals may earn up to 4.5 CEUs. To register or for further information, please call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/indiana.

Today, approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, making Alzheimer’s disease the 6th leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias amount to more than $200 billion annually.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. Having awarded more than $292 million to over 2,000 research projects, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.