Currently, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 73,000 of these are in Kentucky, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
More than 16 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and Timesavers, a group of experienced caregivers, is partnering with Wellington Parc and Hilliard Lyons to provide a free half-day workshop, Leaning In to Alzheimer’s Education and Care, on Oct. 10.
The featured presenter will be Rebekah Wilson, a Certified Independent Consultant for Teepa Snow’s ‘Positive Approach to Care.”
John Dotson, J.D. with Kentucky Elderlaw will present information on vital legal documents and legal issues related to persons living with dementia.
“We are excited to bring in expert speakers to address some of the complexities of communication and legal aspects of dementia,” said Tina Wright, community representative at Timesavers.
Persons may attend one or both sessions throughout the morning. There will be a break between the two sessions.
“This is the first of what we hope becomes an annual seminar to provide educational resources to those in our community whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease,” said Wright.
The free community education workshop is being offered two days before the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.
In 2018, more than 60,000 teams participated in more than 600 walks across the country and raised nearly $90 million.
This year’s two-mile walk is Oct. 10 and begins at Smothers Park. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum. Visit act.alz.org and search for Owensboro Walk to End Alzheimer’s for more information.
The Oct. 10 workshop is open to professionals, families, caregivers and students. More information about the workshop can be found at www.timesaversky.com
Advance reservations are requested for the workshop as space is limited. Contact Tina Wright at 270-702-7887. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Badgett Foundation Conference Room located on the WKU Owensboro Campus, 4821 New Hartford Rd.