Alzheimer’s workshop set for April 12

By Chase Jordan - [email protected]

The Sampson County Department of Aging is hosting a free community workshop centered around dementia and Alzheimer’s

Sponsored by the department’s Family Caregiver Support Program, the event hosted by Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc. is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 12 at Roseboro First Baptist Church, 3720 South Salemburg Highway, Roseboro.

Lesia Henderson, family support specialist with the Sampson County Department of Aging, is encouraging community members to attend the event. She said a wealth of information may help caregivers, family members and friends.

“When one knows and understands this disease, you better understand how to help the person with the disease and how to help families that are giving care,” Henderson said. “When you understand as a friend or church member what the caregiver deals with, you can better support and encourage the caregiver.”

Melanie Bunn, a dementia training specialist with Alzheimer’s North Carolina, will give specifics about the stages of dementia, a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury. It’s marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning. Based out of Raleigh, Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc. offers services and programs to help people with dementia and other care givers.

Some of the highlights of the annual interactive workshops include information about dementia, providing care, effective communication techniques and a question and answer portion with the Bunn.

Refreshments will be provided by Community Home Care and Hospice and there is no charge for the workshop. For more information, contact Henderson at 910-592-4653 or by email at [email protected]

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

By Chase Jordan

[email protected]

Reach Chase Jordan at 910-249-4617. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.