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Madison Hospital will present “Forget-me-not -- A Dementia Care Seminar” at CrossPointe Church on Nov. 9. CONTRIBUTED

Hospital’s ‘Forget-me-not’ seminar to explore dementia

MADISON – Madison Hospital has coordinated an upcoming session that will examine the complicated condition that affects many senior citizens – dementia or Alzheimer’s disease – and the efforts of caregivers that likewise face complicated demands.

The event, “Forget-Me-Not – A Dementia Care Seminar” will be held at CrossPointe Church, 78 Hughes Road on Nov. 9.

The morning session from 8 to 11 a.m. will explore “Communication and Dementia” and “Coping with Challenging Situations in Dementia Care.” For the afternoon session, the topic for discussion will be “Typical Progression of Dementia and How to Help,” which will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

“Forget-Me-Not is also open to all health care workers,” Madison Hospital President Mary Lynne Wright said.

“Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be confusing and exhausting. Madison Hospital’s free Forget-Me-Not seminar, led by dementia care expert Amanda Bulgarelli, will teach you tips and tricks for being the best caregiver you can be,” Wright said.

To register, visit https://bit.ly/45q53Pa.

Amanda Bulgarelli, a master trainer and lead mentor, has extensive experience with “Positive Approach to Care,” a respected organization that promotes a positive approach for individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration and has worked as an educator and leader in schools and other learning platforms for more than 10 years.

Bulgarelli has been a teacher and leader in schools since 2007. Bulgarelli decided to join the Positive Approach to Care community as a lead mentor. Her skills and experience working with students and adults from around the globe have proven to be a tremendous asset wherever she goes.

During the seminar, Bulgarelli will explain the use of positive communication strategies during moments of distress with patients and relatives. She will demonstrate new techniques that will provide a way for caregivers to handle difficult situations with confidence and create a positive environment.

Professional caregivers can receive continuing education credit for attending the sessions. Nurses who attend both sessions will earn 7.2 CEs, Wright said.

The seminar’s name refers to the forget-me-not flower, symbolizing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The flower has a yellow center and small, blue petals – one of the few flowers in nature with blue blooms.

For more information, visit Facebook/Madison Hospital.

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