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Alzheimer's caregivers conference set Thursday

Two nationally-known authorities will speak at the Albany event

ALBANY _ Two nationally-known authorities on caring for people who have dementia and memory loss will be in Albany on April 10 for the third annual Caregivers Conference and family and professional caregivers.

The conference will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Byne Memorial Baptist Church, 2832 Ledo Road.

Dr. Peter Rabins of Johns Hopkins Hospital has written numerous publications and is co-author of “The 36 Hour Day.”

Rabins is co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He also is director of the Geriatric Psychiatry program there. He has contributed to numerous Video Press productions for staff training in long term care, assisted living communities, Alzheimer’s support groups and for family caregivers.

Another widely known presenter will be Missy Buchanan. A plenary session by Buchanan will be on “Living With a Purpose — Staying Engaged in Life.”

Buchanan has written several care giving books and has appeared on “Good Morning America” several times. She was commissioned to write Robin Roberts’ care giving journey.

In addition to presentations by Rabins and Buchanan, the conference will feature eight breakout workshops. The topics include:

_ Caregiver and elder abuse: Fraud and financial crimes.

_ Laughter yoga and relaxation techniques.

_ Veterans Affairs caregiver support.

_ Nutrition.

_ Understanding Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

_ Making your final wishes known _ Avoid family uncertainty.

_ Activities for care receivers at home or in facilities.

_ How hospice care can help me.

Registration for the event is $25. CE hours are available at an additional charge. Vendors are also welcome for a fee of $25. The fee for non profits is $15. The fees include lunch for two with additional lunches available for $5 each.

For additional information, contact Nancy Goode of Alzheimer’s Outreach Center at (229) 432-2705.