Senior care center hosts Alzheimers seminar

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Cathy Murphy, the owner of Home Instead Senior Care San Francisco, encourages caregivers to go to its interactive seminar, “Changing the World of Alzheimers,” conducted by nationally recognized expert in dementia care Teepa Snow. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough Street and Geary Boulevard.

What will the seminar address? It will focus on two main areas of dementia care. Firstly, it will promote wellness and well-being after diagnosis. It will give sufferers and family members a better understanding of Alzheimer’s. Secondly, it will focus on creating days that have meaning and joy. It will help caregivers structure days that are peaceful, satisfying and joyful. We want them to walk away with immediate helpful tools. Teepa is great at engaging the audience with demonstrations.

Who is the seminar aimed at? Family caregivers, professional caregivers and health care professionals. It’s $35 in advance or $45 at the door for the full day.

How many people suffer from Alzheimer’s in the U.S.? Approximately 5.3 million, with an estimate of 15 million by 2050. Most victims are over 65, with younger sufferers being very rare. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death. As all aspects of the person begin to decline, eating and swallowing become difficult.

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