Staff Report

The Alzheimer’s Association will lead a two-part workshop called Living with Alzheimer’s from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 E Ocean Ave. in Lompoc.

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Caregivers and professionals will talk about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provide care for a longer time, on average, than caregivers of older adults with other conditions. Consequently, more than six in 10 (63 percent) of Alzheimer’s caregivers expect to continue in their care responsibilities for the next five years compared with less than half of caregivers of people without dementia (49 percent).

Topics to be discussed include during the workshop are:

  • Oct. 17: Approaches to the disease, cognitive changes, activities, eating and physical changes.
  • Nov. 21: Resources for care, monitoring care, legal plans, hospice and palliative care.

Call 800- 272-3900 to register in advance.  Seating is limited. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 805-636-6432.