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PVN and Alzheimer’s Association Offer Free Memory Loss Caregiver Workshops
04/17/2006

DALLAS – Presbyterian Village North and the Alzheimer's Association will partner to present "Making Sense of Memory Loss" Tuesday, May 9 through Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Village North, located at 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, TX 75243. This free, five-part educational program has been especially developed to help family members of individuals in the early stages of memory loss.

Part 1: Overview of Memory Loss
May 9, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Stages and Treatments
Part 2: Communication Strategies
May 16, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Communication Changes, Enhancing Communication and Avoiding Pitfalls
Part 3: Making Decisions
May 23, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Preserving Independence, Driving, Challenges for Families
Part 4: Planning for the Future
May 30, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Health Professionals, Advance Directives, Community Based Programs
Part 5: Effective Ways of Coping and Caring
June 6, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Structuring Your Day, Task Analysis, 10 Steps for Living with Memory Loss

 Denise Smiley, manager of education services for the Alzheimer's Association of Dallas, coordinated the events and will be one of the presenters. “Some memory loss is normal as we age,” said Ms. Smiley, “but some older adults experience more than occasional forgetfulness. Through these programs, family members and caregivers can learn how to help their loved ones who are experiencing memory loss or other difficulties with thinking.”

Participants are invited to attend one session or all five. Seating is limited and participants can register by calling the Alzheimer's Association helpline at (800) 272-3900.

About Presbyterian Village North
Presbyterian Village North, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a non profit, non denominational retirement community offering a multitude of residential settings and services for older adults on 63 wooded acres in North Dallas. For more than 25 years, PVN has been committed to improving the health of individuals in the community by fostering the overall physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing of their residents. The continuum of care includes executive homes, patio homes and garden apartments for independent living, assisted living apartments, licensed nursing suites and certified Alzheimer's care.

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