As part of an ongoing commitment to provide senior life planning education, Senior Concerns will present a free seminar, “Advanced Alzheimer’s Disease: Knowing and Planning for What’s Ahead,” on Wednesday, November 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.

This informative seminar will be presented by Norma Featherstone, RN, MA, Geriatric Care Consultant with New Hope Senior Services in Camarillo. The seminar will focus on providing an understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of caring for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, attendees will learn effective ways to communicate and provide daily care for a loved one with late stage dementia, as well as provide options for care as the disease progresses.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that of those aged 65 and over, 1 in 8 has Alzheimer’s disease and nearly half of people aged 85 and older have the disease. By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease. Through its Adult Day Program and Caregiver Support Center, Senior Concerns is focused on providing support and resources for people with dementia and their family caregivers.

“During the later more advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the caregiver role becomes more focused on preserving quality of life and dignity,” according to Rosemary Flores-Gordon, Director of Programs at Senior Concerns.  “A loved one in the late stage of Alzheimer’s typically loses the ability to communicate and express needs; however some core of the person’s self may remain. This means you may be able to continue to connect throughout the late stage of the disease.”

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, please contact Senior Concerns at 805-497-0189. Light refreshments will be served. A $10 donation is requested to cover the cost of program materials. If you will need respite care for a loved one, please inform us at the time you make your reservations.

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