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Understanding Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter and The Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center have teamed up to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop Series, a free educational initiative that provides participants a deep dive into some of the most pertinent topics associated with dementia and memory loss.

The road ahead when faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia is daunting for everyone involved. The purpose of the new workshop series is to offer a forum where people can learn the facts about these diseases in an interactive, supportive setting.

“The importance of educating the public about memory loss and brain health is key to raising awareness, increasing access to support services for caregivers and finding a cure,” said Crystal Collier, Manager of Adult Day Health at the Kane Center. “I’m excited to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide continuing education for individuals suffering with memory loss, caregivers both family and professional, and the general public.”

Workshop Details

The Alzheimer’s Disease Workshop Series begins Tuesday, August 15 with the topic The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease. All sessions will be presented by Donna True, LCSW, Program Services Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter.

“I am passionate about providing education for people in our community who are looking for information regarding the many different aspects of memory loss and brain health,” said True. “I want patients and families to understand that they are not alone when faced with the prospect of dementia.”

The workshops will be held at 3 p.m. at the Kane Center, located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. Participation is free and open to the public. Call the Kane Center at (772) 223-7800 to reserve a space. Workshops will be held monthly through January of 2018. Participants can choose to join one, some or all of the sessions. Complimentary respite care will also be provided but must be scheduled in advance by calling (772) 223-7843.

“I want patients and families to understand that they are not alone when faced with the prospect of dementia.”

Donna True, LCSW, Program Services Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter

Workshop Schedule

The full workshop series schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 20thHealthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
  • Tuesday, March 20- Know the 10 Warning Signs
  • Tuesday, April 17- The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Tuesday, May 15- Dementia Conversations
  • Tuesday, June 19- Effective Communication Strategies
  • Tuesday, July 17- Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to be the primary provider of comprehensive life-saving and life-improving services and programs for seniors in Martin County.  The not-for-profit Council provides programs in support of this mission, including Meals on Wheels, Kane Cuisine, an adult day program, senior-focused primary medical care at the Day Medical Center, care management and caregiver support.  The Council on Aging has operated for more than 40 years and is the longest standing organization in the county dedicated to serving the senior population. The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a multi-generational facility offering a wide range of services for seniors, their families and caregivers, and the greater Treasure Coast community.

The Alzheimer's Association, Southeast Florida Chapter is a local 501 (c) 3 organization committed to helping the families in seven counties: Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The Chapter advances efforts for researching a cure through fundraising with its signature event Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, and provides support and educational services to more than 150,000 persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families and caregivers locally.

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