Coping with Dementia Series to be Presented by UAMS Institute on Aging

By Yavonda Chase

Presented by the Reynolds Institute’s Walker Memory Center, each one-hour “Lunch and Learn — For Patients and Families” session will start at noon with a 20-minute lecture and followed by a 40-minute question and answer discussion.

For more information call 501-526-6884.

While the lectures are targeted to caregiver concerns, dementia patients are welcome to attend these sessions with their family members. Attendees also may bring brown-bag lunches to the lectures or dine in the Generations Café before or after each event. A lecture will be presented every two weeks in Room 1180 on the ground floor of the Reynolds Institute.

The first six sessions along with their topics and presenters are:

  • March 9 — Managing Caregiver Stress, Denise Compton, Ph. D., geriatric neuropsychologist.
  • March 23 — Dementia: What It Means and What to Do About It, Mark Pippenger, M.D., behavioral neurologist
  • April 6 — When Is It Time to Stop Driving?, Denise Compton, Ph.D.
  • April 20 — Emergency Preparedness for Families Facing Dementia, Donna LeBlanc, M.S.N., A.P.R.N.
  • May 4 — Understanding and Living with Lewy Body Disease, Mark Pippenger, M.D.
  • May 18 — Managing Sundowning, Wandering and Sleep Problems, Lou Ann Eads, M.D., geriatric psychiatrist

Other “Lunch and Learn” lecture topics through the summer include: legal planning for families facing dementia; dealing with anxiety, agitation and anger; financial planning for families facing dementia; handling problems with eating, toileting and bathing; understanding and living with other forms of dementia; dementia and drugs and community resources.


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