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Alzheimer's Association plans symposium for professionals

Published: June 4, 2017 12:00 AM

The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter is accepting registrations for its annual Beverly A. Chiron Education Symposium for professionals on June 13, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Kent State University at Stark. The event will be preceded June 12 by an education opportunity for family care partners of individuals living with Alzheimer's or another dementia, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"We have strived to provide the best education by recruiting dynamic national, regional, and local experts," notes Samantha Sathre, education coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association. "Symposium and caregiver night are opportunities for local professionals and caregivers to hear from leaders in the field of aging."

Caregiver Education Night will provide families and caregivers research-based techniques and hands-on tools to face everyday challenges experienced throughout the caregiving journey. The event will feature Vincent Antenucci, research and training manager with the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

The cost is $10, which includes light refreshments. Register by calling the Alzheimer's Association 24-hour helpline at 800-272-3900.

The professional symposium June 13 will focus on the latest trends in dementia care, specific to healthcare professionals. Speaker Sonya Barsness, applied humanistic gerontologist, will focus on how understanding the perspectives of individuals living with dementia can act as a starting point for supporting them in a person-centered way. Crossroads Hospice is the Keynote Sponsor of the event.

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Symposium registration is $109, including breakfast, lunch and 6.0 continuing education hours for activity professionals, marriage & family therapists, nursing home administrators, counselors, nurses, and social workers. Family caregivers, nursing assistants, students and the general public may register for $45 without continuing education credits. To register, call 800.272.3900, or online at symposium17.auction-bid.org.

Additional speakers include Krystal Culler, M.A., with the Center 4 Brain Health, Vincent Antenucci, M.A., with the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, and Kendall Leser, PhD, MGS, with the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

The Beverly A. Chiron Education Symposium is named for Beverly A. and Barry Chiron, strong supporters of Alzheimer's awareness in the Greater East Ohio area. Beverly was an influential business woman and mother in Streetsboro, diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease in her mid-50s. When Beverly passed in 2007, her family established a fund in her honor to support education and support for caregivers, families and professionals.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Samantha Sathre at 800-272-3900 or ssathre@alz.org.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio area chapter provides programs and support to individuals and their families across 17 counties.

For more information, or additional volunteer and support opportunities, visit: alz.org/akroncantonyoungstown.


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