Free Alzheimer's workshop for family caregivers

Quilt to Remember will also be on display

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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The Alzheimer's Foundation of America and Senior Helpers will host a free, hands-on workshop work families this week.

The Alzheimer's Foundation, a national nonprofit group, will also display its Quilt to Remember, a collection of 144 panels submitted from people across the country. The groups will also offer an educational seminar for health care providers.

All events will take place Thursday, June 21 at St. Pius X Catholic Church Community Center, 1280 N.W. Saltzman Road in Portland.

The free workshop for families is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Seats are limited so advance registration is required. Register at http://www.regonline.com/familyjourneyportlandor.

Teepa Snow, a nationally known dementia care expert and occupational therapist, will lead the workshop. The presentation will include real-life scenarios and dos and don'ts on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Each attendee will also receive a free "Senior Gems" DVD that teaches coping skills for each stage of the disease.

The Quilt to Remember will be on display from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the church community center hospitality room.

Each panel pays tribute to individuals who have had or have dementia, family caregivers and health care professionals. More than two dozens of the panels will be on display.

The session for health care professionals is from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attendees can earn up to three continuing education credit hours.

Cost is $35 for continuing education attendees, $20 for others. Register at http://www.regonline.com/dementiastrategiesportlandor.

The events are part of a nationwide tour by AFA and Senior Helpers, an in-home senior care company, to help families and professionals navigate Alzheimer's and dementia.