Innovations in Care workshop inspires learning and education

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Hundreds of people gathered in Roanoke to hear from several experts in the field of treating and supporting patients with Alzheimer's and Dementia.  

The goal of this event and others like it is to raise awareness and inspire the community to act. Many suggested making a difference in the future of care is essential for creating the best outcomes for patients and their families.

How do we make a difference? The Alzheimer's Association has many programs and initiatives that allow people in various community roles to be a part of the process of moving forward with awareness and action in the field of treatment, programs and resources that are offered in our communities.

Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia President, Sue Friedman explains, "The goal for this workshop is to make sure people understand the research and what is going on in the research world, that people have tools for care today.  Whether they have a family member or work in a facility, what are some tools we can use today to be with the person who is dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia."

The workshop used a documentary called You'reLooking at MeLike ILive Hereand I Don't to foster discussion among panelists regarding different elements highlighted in the film.

Each attendee also received a copy of the book titled "Alzheimer's A Crash Course for Friends and Relatives" by Mary McDaniel Cail, PhD about how to continue to have a healthy and supportive relationship with a friend or family member who is living with Alzheimer's or Dementia.  Part of the proceeds from the book when purchased through http://allweatherfriend.com/ go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Cail explains, "Alzheimer's tends to be very isolating for the people who suffer from the condition and for the caregivers.  Friends who are on the outside looking in need to know what to expect and how to be supporting in that situation."

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