Letters to the Editor

Letters: Seminar helps caregives deal with dementia

Worldwide, more than 47 million people are living with some form of dementia, about 60 percent of them with Alzheimer’s disease. Women are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and are more likely to be caregivers.

Because we know that most people living with dementia are being cared for by family members or loved ones, there is a desperate need for community dementia education programs. That’s why the Columbia Urban League was awarded a $20,000 grant to provide Alzheimer’s education.

The league used this funding to develop “In Our Community … Dementia Speaks,” a three- to four-day seminar to inform family caregivers, community members and practitioners about how Alzheimer's and dementia impact family systems.

The seminars will be offered to the public at no cost. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association is providing family caregivers free sitter services during the seminars. We also have applied for social work continuing education hours to be provided at no cost.

For a complete list of seminars, visit dtconsultan t.org/events.html or contact me at info@dtconsultant.org or (803) 518-1280.

Macie P. Smith