Coping with Dementia Focus of Free Lecture Series Presented by UAMS Reynold Institute’s Walker Memory Center

By Ben Boulden

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.

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. For more information, call 501-526-6884.

The seven sessions along with their topics and presenters are:

  • June 29 — Financial Planning for Families Facing Dementia, Beth Allen, M.S.W., licensed clinical social worker and accredited care manager, along with an invited attorney.
  • July 6 — Handling Problems with Basics: Eating, Toileting and Bathing, Sheila Robinson, R.N., Schmieding caregiver training coordinator.
  • July 20 — Understanding and Living with Other Dementias, Mark Pippenger, M.D., behavioral neurologist.
  • 3 — Overcoming Depression with Pleasurable Activities for Persons with Dementia & Their Families, Denise Compton, Ph. D., geriatric neuropsychologist.
  • 17 — Dementia and Drugs, Mark Pippenger, M.D.
  • 31 — Maximizing Brain Health through Exercise & Diet, Kellie Coleman, fitness coordinator.
  • 13 — Community Resources — Adult Day Care Centers, Home Health, CareLink, Assisted Living Facilities, Meals on Wheels and more, Beth Allen, M.S.W.

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