Dementia & Alzheimer’s Experience Workshop for Family Caregivers to be held June 13 in Jacksonville

By Ben Boulden

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Drive. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call 501-526-6500 or email The Alzheimer’s Experience will follow the workshop from 1-3 p.m. at the community center.

The workshop will cover the topics of identifying the caregiver, Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, caregiver health, nutrition, recognizing caregiver stress and managing behavioral issues.

The Alzheimer’s Experience is designed to help caregivers and health care providers better understand firsthand the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It will simulate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including loss of hearing, vision, sensory nerves, fine motor skills and onset of arthritis and neuropathy, for care providers.

The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the physical challenges and sensory disorders common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia so caregivers and health care providers can become more empathetic with them. The simulation will enable them to provide care and living environments that are more sensitive and suitable for these individuals.

Family caregivers include anyone who helps with care, including managing a family member’s medications, talking to doctors and nurses on their behalf, or simply preparing their meals and doing a few household chores.

The Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative at UAMS has provided support for the Alzheimer’s Experience. The workshop is supported by the collaborative and grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

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