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Dementia care workshop June 20

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Pine Tree Hospice and The Commons at Central Hall are pleased to be co-hosting a dementia care workshop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 at The Commons. The speaker is Kathryn Pears, founder of Dementia Care Strategies.

Following a 15-year career with the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, she started her own company. Pears trains and consults with families, health and long-term care professionals and facilities throughout the United States. She educates aging and disability community agencies on the non-pharmacologic management of the challenging behaviors that occur with dementia. Pears also has personal experience, her own father being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 58.

The workshop will cover topics such as what dementia is … and isn’t, what to expect in each stage, medication, understanding what triggers behavior, creating a supportive physical environment, why people with dementia don’t see the world the same way you do and how that impacts care. The workshop is open to all personal and professional caregivers and healthcare workers.

This event is part of Pine Tree Hospice’s Caring for the Caregiver series, which is an ongoing program to educate, support and encourage area caregivers. There is no charge for attending. A delicious lunch and snacks will be provided. To register, please call 564-4346.

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