Family Caregiver Dementia Conference to Be Held Nov. 17

By Ben Boulden

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with lunch provided. Vendor booths will be available throughout the day with local resources.  Registration is necessary by calling 870-207-7600 or online at–jonesboro/more-dementia-conference

November is celebrated as national family caregiver month and this conference will provide an inspiring day of education for those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Family caregivers and other care providers are encouraged to attend to learn MORE about these challenging conditions and ways to cope with the daily task of caring for their loved one with dementia.

The MORE conference will include expert speakers on these topics:

Mindfulness  – types of dementia, stages of Alzheimer’s

Organize – legal and financial planning

Respite – caregiver stress and ways to seek assistance

Education – communication strategies, behaviors, nutrition

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging serves the needs of an aging generation with the highest standards of research and care. It was established through a 1997 gift of $28.8 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and expanded through a 2009 foundation gift of $33.4 million. Within the institute is the Arkansas Aging Initiative (AAI), created from part of Arkansas’ share of the Master Tobacco Settlement to improve the health of older Arkansans through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs, and to influence state and national health policy. The AAI created seven Centers on Aging throughout the state to provide senior adults access to quality care within a 60-mile drive from their homes. These centers offer the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program so older adults might have more opportunities to remain at home.