Community Dementia Workshop

Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging (ECC-AAA) and Dementia Alliance NC partnered in September to present two free Community Dementia Workshops; one in Carteret and the other in Onslow County. Participants joined in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They discovered the difference between the two, explored what is happening in the brain, and how to better connect with someone living with dementia. Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, Dementia Training Specialist with Dementia Alliance of North Carolina answered caregiver questions and explored how to help people with dementia and their caregivers.

In Carteret County, ECC-AAA Family Caregiver Specialist (FCSP) presented information in Morehead City to over 25 participants who learned how to be better prepared for an emergency when caring for someone with dementia and discussed “What’s in Your To-Go Bag”. Participants received a Caregiver Emergency Readiness Guide and tools needed to be ready for any situation.

In Onslow County, ECC-AAA FCSP presented information at the Jacksonville Community Dementia Workshop to over 50 attendees who learned how to choose the appropriate technology to assist older adults and their caregivers in the home as well as in long term care. Caregivers learned how technology can assist with caregiving needs and were given an opportunity to exam assistive technology items at the event.

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