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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 30, 2008

Putting the Pieces Together: Caring For Loved Ones with Dementia

22nd Annual Dementia Caregivers Conference to be Held in Alexandria

A special conference, “Putting the Pieces Together,” will be held in Alexandria on Tuesday, November 11, for those caring for or concerned about family and friends living with dementia. Community health care providers, nursing home, assisted living, home care or adult day center staff are also invited to attend. The conference, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held at T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., in the Cafeteria.

Registration Form 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn new ways to

  • Have successful connections with people diagnosed with dementia
  • Transform old thinking into new actions when coping with difficult behaviors
  • Learn about available and accessible resources and services that can support and strengthen family caregivers and people with dementia 

Conference speakers include:  

  • Ann Morrison, RN, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Cynthia Sullivan, Ph.D., and Jeffrey A. Wilken, Ph.D., Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Jennifer Abel, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Elinor Ginzler, AARP
  • Bill Kallio, Director, AARP Virginia

The cost is $25 for family caregivers, $45 for professional caregivers, and $10 for .5 CEU from George Mason University. The fees include continental breakfast, lunch, materials and certificate of attendance. The deadline for conference registration is Thursday, November 6. For more information on the conference or about registration, please call Debbie Ludington at 703.838.0920.

Sponsors include AARP; Alexandria Adult Day Services Center; Alexandria Department of Human Services Office Of Aging and Adult Services; Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area; Alzheimer’s Family Day Center; Arlington Agency on Aging; ElderLink; Options for Caregiving; Fairfax Area Agency on Aging; Fairfax County Health Department; Goodwin House Incorporated; GraceFul Care, Inc.; and The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton–Vienna.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation, or to request materials in an alternative format, call Diana Reynoso at 703.838.0920.