The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a former Wisconsin Governor as one keynote speaker at its annual Fall Caregiver Conference next month in Rhinelander.
Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre says the conference is designed to enhance caregiving skills and provide an opportunity to improve caregivers support networks....
"...it's a great opportunity for family caregivers to get more information if they are caring for someone with the disease. It's also a great opportunity for professionals to get continuing education on Alzheimer's Disease...."
She says the keynote speaker has personal experience giving care to a family member...
"...former Governor of the Wisconsin Marty Schreiber. He wrote a book called "My Two Elaines" and he's going to keynote our conference this year and share his story of how Alzheimers has affected him and his wife. We also have speakers that touch on legal and financial issues for people who have Alzheimer's Disease...."
A second keynoter is Dr. Peter Keenan of Marshfield Clinic will discuss the Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's Disease and how the disease affects the brain. St. Pierre says they will have more in-depth training on things like how to give oral care. St. Pierre says they get a wide variety of people coming to the conference, from community members seeking more information, to caregivers and professionals.
The conference is Wednesday, November 1 at the Northwoods Banquet Center in Rhinelander. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and lunch is offered. She says the vendors will provide information to people who might want more information. The price for the conference rises after October 20.
More information is available at the Rhinelander Alzheimer's office or on their website.