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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Stephanie Van Koevering for the information in this story.)

With the number of Alzheimer’s cases in Michigan increasing by 5.6 percent within the next three years, and 22 percent by 2025, caregivers are in urgent need of quality information and support.

That’s why United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) welcomes leading dementia expert Teepa Snow May 15 and 16 at the Ville Conference Center at the Comfort Inn, 1645 Commerce Park Dr.

Called Alzheimer’s: A Positive Approach, the training will take place Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 (same program both days due to widespread demand).

The scheduled is 7:30-8:15 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, 8:30–11:30 a.m. – Dementia 360: Seeing it from All Directions, 12:00–12:45 p.m. – Lunch, 1-4 p.m. –  Learning the Difference Between Confrontational and Supportive Communication.

Snow’s presentation utilizes the latest medical research as well as evidence-based techniques for caregiving and communication to help people provide better support for those living with dementia.

“During 2015, more than half a million Michiganders provided care to adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said John Thorhauer, UMRC president and CEO. “We are looking forward to helping equip these caregivers with skills to make their work more effective and rewarding. Through supportive communication, empathy and a greater understanding of what people with dementia experience, our staff, family members and other caregivers can improve their experiences and provide their loved ones with better quality of life.”

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research and firsthand caregiving interactions. Her more than 35 years of experience has led her to develop the Positive Approach™ to care techniques and training models that are now used nationwide by families and professionals.

Underwritten by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund with additional support from the Chelsea Community Foundation, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and UMRC Foundation, the program is free and open to the public.

Advanced registration is required to attend; please RSVP by April 17 at www.umrc.com.

For more information, call Abigail Granner at 734-433-1000 ext. 7390 or agranner@umrc.com.

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