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Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Seminar

By Mindy Bannister M. Ed Alzheimers Association North Central Texas Chapter



  Annual event to feature award winning occupational therapist Heather McKay     ABILENE, TX – January 27, 2011 – The Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter announces the annual Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Seminar, entitled “Enhancing Dementia Care: Improving Patient Outcomes Through Understanding.”  The day-long event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Friday, February 25, at Southern Hills Church of Christ, 3666 Buffalo Gap Rd., in Abilene.      Professional and family caregivers are invited to hear award-winning occupational therapist Heather McKay describe the changes that take place in the brain of someone with dementia and how these changes manifest themselves as specific behaviors.  Understanding why people do what they do helps caregivers better handle the everyday challenges of caring for people with dementia.  Caregivers will also learn strategies and practical skills they can apply immediately.{{more}}  Heather McKay, dementia care specialist, is the owner of Partnerships for Health, a company providing high-quality training and consultation for health care professionals, families, students and community organizations in a variety of settings.   She also serves as Dementia Care Program Manager of Hospice of Alamance-Caswell and Life Path Home Health, Burlington, North Carolina.  She holds a Masters degree in occupational therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received an interdisciplinary certificate in aging.    Ms. McKay earned high praise for her lively presentation style and useful content when she spoke at the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Seminars in Arlington and Waco in 2010.  Her presentation is rich with examples, anecdotes and practical information designed to help people be more effective caregivers.   Registration is required for all participants, and includes lunch.  The program cost for professionals is $35, and there is NO CHARGE for family caregivers.  Continuing education credit is available for activity professionals, assisted living managers, long-term care administrators, social workers and nurses.    Respite assistance is available for qualifying family caregivers through the West Central Texas Area Agency on Aging.  Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.; walk-ins will be admitted space permitting.   For more information about the Caregiver Seminar or to request a brochure, call 325-672-2907 or toll-free at 1-800-272-3900, or visit  The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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