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Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County Welcomes Speaker to Caregiver Support Group February 13

Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County will host a support group for caregivers on Tuesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. in their office conference room located at 1111 N. Brady, Abilene. Please note the change of the date from Monday to Tuesday.

The meeting will feature speaker, Cindy Miller, L.P.N., from the Alzheimer’s Association state office. She is a Dementia Care Specialist and a licensed practical nurse serving in the health care community for 42 years. Her career has included a variety of opportunities including acute hospital care, director of quality and education for a Kansas health care organization and the Alzheimer’s Aging Specialist for the State of Kansas.

Miller worked clinically for 16 years in long term care facilities, and in that capacity her experience included being the Director of a Special Care Unit for individuals diagnosed with a dementia disease.

Currently, Miller is employed by the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of America Chapter in Topeka as a Dementia Care Specialist. In this position she serves individuals with a dementia disease, caregivers, families, community members and professionals. Her work includes individual and family consultations and problem solving, program development, education and fund raising.

Miller is passionate about providing information to individuals that will result in improving their personal lives and dedicated to erasing the stigma that is attached to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Dementia is an umbrella term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is caused by physical changes in the brain.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Today, 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number includes about 50,000 Kansans. It is the most common form of dementia and accounts for an estimated 60 – 80% of cases. There are over 100 other types of dementia.

There are often many questions about dementia. These can include wanting to know how it is diagnosed, what are the risk factors, what treatments are available and where can we find resources and support. These questions and other information will be shared at a community program “Let’s Talk About Dementia” hosted by the Hospice of Dickinson County on February 13th.

No one should go through this alone. For more information about the services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association please consult their website at: alz.org/kansascity or call their Helpline at 800.272.3900 available 24/7.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Caregiver Support Group meeting. If you care for a spouse, parent, family member or friend, you may be able to help others who are new to caregiving. If you have recently admitted your loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may have questions or concerns that the group could help answer. The purpose of the group is to provide support for caregivers who are dealing with a variety of situations.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County at (785) 263-6630.

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