Dementia Awareness Education Series continues Sept. 21 & Oct. 19

Posted by Bill Crabtree 09/12/2017

The 2017 Wake Forest Dementia Awareness Education Series continues Thursday, Sept. 21, with Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors and concludes Thursday, Oct. 19, with a special movie screening of “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.”

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre is hosting the series to raise awareness about Alzeheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each event offers local residents the opportunity to learn about dozens of dementia-related programs, services, products and resources – all in one location.

Behavior is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. “Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” on Sept. 21, will teach attendees how to decode behaviors, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m., the workshop will also include experts and professional vendors that specialize in providing assistance to family members of people with dementia.

The Renaissance Centre will conclude the 2017 series on Oct. 19 by hosting a movie screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.”

The film centers on musician Glen Campbell as he begins a farewell tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell and his family navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter and music. The documentary earned nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Documentary Feature and Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film.

The Oct. 19 event will begin with registration at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by Bob Ringham, author of “20 Minutes from Home” at 5:30 p.m. and the special movie screening at approximately 6 p.m.

The Sept. 21 and Oct. 19 programs are free, but pre-registration is required. Seating is limited to the first 300 people to pre-register at www.wakeforestnc.gov/dementia-awareness-education-series.aspx.

The Renaissance Centre is presenting the series in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wake Forest SING as part of an effort to establish Wake Forest as a dementia-friendly community.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “dementia,” or contact Renaissance Centre Specialist Debra Horton at 919-435-9566 or dhorton@wakeforestnc.gov.