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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CONFERENCES SET FOR MARCH; FOUR SITES SERVE RURAL RESIDENTS

 ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CONFERENCES SET FOR MARCH;
 FOUR SITES SERVE RURAL RESIDENTS
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Aging is announcing participation in conferences designed for families and professional health care providers, who will have the opportunity to meet with experts on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders in Lancaster, Ukiah, Coachella Valley and Jackson.
 The conferences are a joint project of California's Department of Aging, Department of Mental Health and Department of Health Services, and California's network of Caregiver Resource centers for families of brain-impaired adults.
 "Alzheimer's Disease: Advances in Diagnosis, Care and Community Support" will be held:
 Wednesday, March 11
 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Lancaster United Methodist Church
 918 West Avenue J
 Lancaster
 Call Los Angeles CRC at 213-740-8711 or
 800-540-4442 to register.
 Thursday, March 12
 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Redwood Empire Fairgrounds/Home Arts Building
 1055 N. State St.
 Ukiah
 Call Redwood CRC at 707-542-0282 or
 800-834-1636 to register.
 Friday, March 13
 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 Joslyn Senior Center of the Cove Communities
 73-750 Catalina Way
 Palm Desert
 Call Inland CRC at 714-387-9440 or
 800-675-6694 to register.
 Saturday, March 14
 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 Amador Senior Center
 229 New York Ranch Rd.
 Jackson
 Call Del Oro CRC at 916-971-0893 or
 800-635-0220 to register.
 The conferences are open to families, friends, physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer's disease and caregiving issues.
 There is no charge to family caregivers who attend. Cost for professional care providers is $15; for those requesting continuing education units, the cost is $20.
 Representatives from local Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Centers, a 36-site program administered by the Department of Aging, will give presentations at each conference on managing problematic behaviors. Staff from Alzheimer's Resource, Diagnostic and Treatment Centers will discuss the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Coping as a Caregiver will be addressed by Caregiver Resources Center staff. Local resource availability will also be covered in each location.
 "These interdepartmental conferences play a vital role in providing information that will help both the families and the health care professionals understand dementia and how to cope with someone who is affected by this kind of brain impairment," said Gary Kuwabara, interim director for the California Department of Aging.
 The conferences are coordinated by Family Survival Project, California's Statewide Resources Consultant on brain impairments and caregiver assistance, with the cooperation of the Los Angeles, Redwood, Inland, Del Oro and Valley Caregiver Resource Centers.
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 /CONTACT: Paige Talley of the California Department of Aging, 916-322-0789/ CO: California Department of Aging ST: California IN: HEA SU:


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