The Alzheimers Assocication Greater Illinois Chapter hosts Your Passport to Caring: A Travel Guide for the Journey Through Alzheimers Disease on Nov. 11 and 12 at Midway Village & Museum Center, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford. The conference will provide practical, hands-on tips to both professional and family caregivers of people with dementia as well as journeys into the emotional aspects of giving care.
Friday, Nov. 11 from 12:30 to 5 p.m., will focus on professional caregivers such as nursing assistants and residential care staff. Programs will include a panel discussion by male caregivers, sexuality and dementia, how professionals respond to family emotions, helping families along the dementia journey, and the journey of grief. A Round Table session will offer individual tips on touch, activities for family visits, behaviors, communications, pet therapy and music therapy. In addition, Barnes & Noble Booksellers will provide a book fair, and there will be a resource fair of area vendors and service providers.
Saturday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., families and the public are invited to hear Dr. Diana Kerwin of Milwaukee speak on interpreting the medical language of dementia. The bulk of the morning will be spent in Round Table resources for communications, behaviors, nutrition, activities in the home, driving and dementia, Medicare Part D, home health and providing a safe environment. The morning will end with a humorous but meaningful presentation by the Rev. Don Swanson on what is needed for the journey through dementia.
Registrations are $35 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. Respite care at home is available with prior notice. Registrations or registration forms including light refreshments and can be made by calling (815) 484-1300 or (800) 272-3900 or online at www.alzheimers-illinois.org.
From the Nov. 9-15, 2005, issue