The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host the Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series on July 27, Aug. 18, and Sept. 20. Each session will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
Entitled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” the workshop on Wednesday, July 27, will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related Dementias.
“Dementia Conversations” on Thursday, Aug. 18, will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about deciding when to stop driving, going to the doctor and making legal and financial decisions.
“Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” will round out the series on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. Area residents are invited to attend this session and learn how to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina, the workshops are designed to offer local families the opportunity to learn about dozens of programs, services, products, and resources – all in one location. Each workshop will feature a different speaker and include professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.