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Alzheimer’s Seminar Open to Caregivers and Professionals

FORT MYERS, FL - The problem of memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients will be addressed at a one-day seminar from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 15, 2001 at Lexington Country Club. The seminar is supported by Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Memorial Health System, ENCORE Senior Village of Fort Myers, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer, Inc.

This seminar, “The Alzheimer’s Puzzle”, is designed to provide a spectrum of strategies for health care professionals, service providers, and family caregivers to meet the challenges of memory loss. The following topics will be discussed:
     Alzheimer’s Disease: New Direction in Therapeutics
     Therapeutic interventions for the Mind, Body, and Spirit of the Person with Alzheimer’s
     Family Is As Family does
     Communicating With the Physicians
     Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Behavioral Problems in Persons with Dementia
     The Driving Dilemma

Faculty members for the seminar are: Linda Buettner, PhD, FGCU Associate Professor, College of Health Professions, Co-Director of Center for Positive Aging; Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN, FGCU Research Associate, Health Sciences; Gary Mayfield, PhD., LCSW, FGCU Associate Professor, Social Work and Human Services; William E. Reichman, M.D., Medical Director, United Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Neil K. Hall, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York; Kathleen Bryne Colling, PhD., RN, Assistant Research Scientist and Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Nursing; and Douglas A. Newland, M.D., Neurologist, Medical Director, Lee Memory Care.

Pre-registration fees until June 12 are $20 for family caregivers or students, $25 for LMHS employees, and $35 for healthcare professionals/service providers. This program will provide six contact hours for continuing education credit. Ten dollars will be added to the fee for day-of-event registration. Respite care is available the day of the symposium for caregivers by calling ENCORE Village, 437-5511. For further information contact Lee Memorial Health System, 1-800-936-5321.

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