Thank you for the heartwarming article on Aug. 25 about Sandy Haroutunian and her mother, Ginny Harrison, who has dementia and requires round-the-clock care (“With help, family copes with dementia”).
It is wonderful to see the increased attention that the media are giving to the important issues of caregiving and dementia care. While caregiving can have many burdens, which need to be recognized, it is important to know that family members are often able to experience the “gifts” of caring for a loved one with dementia, in spite of these challenges.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support for caregivers and other family members through our toll free helpline: 1-800-272-3900.
We are proud to work with the city of Yountville, Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, and other Napa County agencies in presenting our fourth annual Napa Education Conference, “Understanding Memory Loss: Strategies for Success IV” for family members and professionals on Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Yountville Community Center.
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The conference will include speakers on topics of diagnosis, the latest research, caregiving strategies, and information from local service providers. For more information, call our toll-free number, or visit our website at alz.org/norcal.
Shelley Dombroski / Regional Director-North Bay, Alzheimer’s Association