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Alzheimer’s Disease programming offered

September 6, 2015
Tena Hanson - Estherville Public Library , Estherville News

Alzheimer's Association representative Jeanne Steinkamp is back at the Estherville Public Library by popular demand. She will be presenting a session on Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Steinkamp's first session with us, last June, was met with many excellent questions from the audience. The session she will present this time will go into much greater depth concerning one aspect of the disease that is most often asked about. Do you argue with a loved-one who has the wrong impression (about what year this is, where he or she is living, or even who you are)? Do you let them believe what they want and try to play along? Is it worth upsetting them to set them straight? What happens when their behaviors become alarming and you fear for their safety? Steinkamp will offer proven tips as to how to most successfully help your loved-one through the middle stage of dementia, when confusing behaviors can begin to surface.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, those who attend the session can expect to learn how to:

n Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia

n Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors

n List strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors

All are welcome to attend this free event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Estherville Public Library. Refreshments are provided by our wonderful volunteers.

Please also note that Steinkamp will be back in December on Thursday the 3rd to present another session on "Our Caregivers," and offer some holiday tips.

As with nearly any subject, the library can connect you with a wealth of information on Alzheimer's Disease. We have books in our print collection that deal with stages of the disease, science and research related to the disease, and information for caregivers. Our databases can connect you to up-to-date research and the latest medical information, as well. If you have a need for or interest in learning more about this condition (or any other), please feel free to make use of the library as your local resource.



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