The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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Date(s) - 14 Sep, 2015
8:00 am - 11:30 am

Medical Dental Conference Room, At CHRISTUS St Vincent Hospital

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The Longest Loss conference will describe the characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including unique challenges that these diseases present to patients and families. We’ll look at the grief process of persons with dementia, including nonfinite loss and anticipatory mourning, as it is experienced in early stages and during progression of disease.

The discussion will explore changes in patient behavior that may be indicative of grief, and describe therapeutic techniques that can be used effectively, including reminiscence and ritual. We’ll also consider what may be optimal support for families and patients as they navigate the endless changes in mentation and health as the disease progresses.

Additionally we will explore the demands and challenges on professional caregivers when caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and list several strategies for employer support and self-care. After watching and listening to the national panel of experts, a panel of local experts will lead a discussion that explores local resources, and provides an opportunity for networking, questions and support.

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