Free Coping with Dementia Caregivers Conference January 17, 2018

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 11, 2017

The 4th annual Coping with Dementia Caregivers Conference will take place at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 6 Roosevelt Blvd., in Beverly Hills, Florida, on January 17, 2018.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a light lunch provided.

Debbie Selsavage, organizer of the conference, says, “This is not a medical conference about the disease of Alzheimer’s or dementia.  This is a conference focusing on the human factor and emphasizing more effective and less stressful methods of care.  You’ll hear from experts who have been caregivers themselves, speaking in clear, everyday language.”

Selsavage continues, “There will be information about free resources, and there will be guidance on how to cope with the difficulties and requirements of being a caregiver.”  She adds, “Some of the afternoon will be devoted to Q&A between attendees and a panel of experts.”  Lunch will be provided by Meridien Research.

Key presenters will include Alzheimer’s Family Organization President Selsavage, speaking on a compassionate approach to care; Vera and Kenneth Swade, explaining guardianship and other options for care management; and Jonathan Beard, speaking on advanced directives and the services available through hospice.

The event will also feature free Virtual Dementia Tours (VDT) provided by Senior Helpers.  The VDT is a science-based experience that builds understanding, sensitivity, and awareness among individuals caring for those with dementia.  In addition, Advanced Family Hearing will be on hand to provide free auditory testing.  And for those interested, flu shots will be available.

The conference is expected to draw more than 200 participants, so early registration is recommended.  To register on line, go to  To register via phone or e-mail, call 352-422-3663 or write  Both caregivers and individuals with dementia are welcome.



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