IRVINE, CA, September 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Alzheimer's Association of Orange County (AAOC) is hosting a free interactive training session to equip professional and family caregivers with vital skills needed to care for individuals with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia. The training session entitled "Enhancing Dementia Care: Knowing the Person Better than the Disease" will be hosted on four separate dates at Orange County locations throughout the fall beginning September 6. ---
The interactive training will help caregivers make stronger connections by focusing on the individual rather than the illness or lost abilities. This "person-centered" approach to care leverages the individual's unique strengths and interests to improve care giving interactions.
Sponsored by Meridian Senior Living and Huntington Terrace, the fall training session will be held at the following Orange County locations:
• Clifton C. Miller Community Center, Tustin: Sept. 6, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Norman P. Murray Community Center, Mission Viejo: Sept. 24, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• Buena Park Senior Activity Center, Buena Park: Oct. 9, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
• Grace Lutheran Church, Huntington Beach: Oct. 18, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The free training sessions are open to caregivers, healthcare professionals, senior care professionals, families and loved ones. Participants will receive 4 CEUs. Additional sessions focusing on new topics will follow in the winter, spring and summer.
To attend a training session, RSVP by calling (800) 272-3900.
Alzheimer's Facts (source: Alzheimer's Association)
• 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer's
• By 2050, that number could triple
• Every 68 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's
• This year, Alzheimer's will cost the U.S. $203 billion
• By 2050, that amount is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion
• Nationally, Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death
• In Orange County, Alzheimer's is the 4th leading cause of death
• In Orange County, 83,000 residents have Alzheimer's, or related dementia
About Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Since 1982, Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter has been providing programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer's and related disorders, their families, caregivers, and the community. Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative illness that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions. For more information, call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or visit http://www.alz.org/oc
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