2014 Caregiver Seminar - Fort Worth
Accepting the Challenge to Improve Dementia Care

Friday, November 14, 2014
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

McKinney Memorial Bible Church
4805 Arbor Lawn Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76109

Be a sponsor!  For more information, contact Shelly Young at 817-336-4949. 

The annual Caregiver Seminar is one of the most informative and enjoyable ways the Alzheimer's Association helps both family and professional caregivers better understand the characteristics of dementia and how to care for the people who have it.  Each year, the Alzheimer's Association schedules experts in the area of dementia care to present a day-long seminar on caring for people with dementia.  

In 2014, Linda Boeshart, MS, CC/SLP, a speech and language pathologist at West Texas Rehabilitation center in Abilene, will give the keynote address.  Boeshart, whose expertise includes geriatrics, stroke, Parkinson's disease and dementia, is director of compliance and clinical coordination at West Texas Rehab. She has been involved in speech therapy and rehabilitation services for more than 38 years.

Sessions will include a mix of quality educational programs designed to meet the needs of all caregivers. The morning session will feature two distinct educational tracts: one for health care professionals and one especially for family caregivers, which incudes a panel discussion and a session to explore the complicated grief experienced by caregivers who have a loved one with dementia. The professional tract will include a discussion of innovative tools and techniques needed to better manage issues that are specific to the clinical care of clients with Alzheimer's.

Boeshart will present a joint session following lunch. She will focus on structural changes occurring in the brains of people with dementia and how those changes can affect communications. Not only does dementia affect a person with dementia's ability to communicate with others, it affects their ability to understand what others are trying to communicate, Boeshart said.

Participants also will have the opportunity to visit with community service providers and connect with fellow caregivers.

Check back October 1st for registration information.

There is no charge for family caregivers but a $20 donation is suggested. Registration for those seeking continuing education hours is $75. Six hours of continuing education are pending for licensed nursing facility administrators, assisted living administrators, activity professionals and nurses. CEUs for professional social workers have been approved. For professionals not needing CEUs, registration is $30. Registration includes lunch.