Thu10302014

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The Terraces at Los Altos offers panel on dementia care


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The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled a presentation on dementia care with author David Troxel 10 a.m. to noon June 21 at 373 Pine Lane, in The Terraces new health center.

Troxel will discuss steps that could help after a loved one is diagnosed with dementia and will moderate a panel of local leaders who will share their personal experiences in managing the care of those with memory loss. Participants include Alhena Curreri, M.A., gerontologist; Karen Duncan, memory support manager at the Terraces at Los Altos and director of the Los Altos Community Foundation’s PrimeTime Project; and Sheila Humphries, M.D., medical director at The Terraces at Los Altos.

The event will focus on the process of planning ahead, identifying critical services that might help and getting legal and financial matters in order.

The discussion will address such questions as caring for a family member at any stage of dementia, caring for a family member at home and when to consider a memory-care residence.

Troxel and Virginia Bell developed the “Best Friends Approach” to Alzheimer’s care in the 1990s while working at the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Theirs was the first comprehensive philosophy focused on caregivers.

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia. The Best Friends Approach aims to offer hope and help for families affected by a loved one’s diagnosis.

Bell and Troxel’s book, “A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care: A Guide for Care Partners” (HCI Books, 2012), presented a new way for the caregiving community to cope with Alzheimer’s disease by encouraging care partners to act as a best friend to the Alzheimer’s sufferer, finding ways to interact as mental abilities decline.

The Grove at The Terraces, Los Altos’ only memory-loss care center, sponsors the presentation.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit bestfriendsapproach.com.

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