U of M School of Nursing hosts public education event this Saturday for those who care for people with memory loss

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This Saturday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will host the Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference at Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis. 

The event will provide tips and strategies for family members, friends, community care providers and other individuals who are caring for someone with memory loss.  More than 300 people have registered for the event. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 94,000 Minnesotans over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s. Another 243,000 Minnesotans care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. The total cost of care associated with such conditions in Minnesota is $3.57 billion annually.

Unpaid caregivers still provide the majority of care to patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 60 percent of those caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high. Worse, more than one-third of such caregivers report symptoms of depression. Due to the physical and emotional toll of caregiving, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers had $9.1 billion in additional health care costs of their own in 2012.

The sixth annual Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference led by Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., an associate professor in the university’s School of Nursing and a researcher specializing in the care of people suffering from dementia, will address different types of dementia, what family members need from each other when caring for someone with memory loss, elder abuse and dementia, and how dancing can nurture bodies and minds. 

This popular event is free to attendees not seeking contact hours and is open to the public. Preregistration is required. Online streaming of the event will be available athttps://umconnect.umn.edu/pwmlc. For viewing after the conference, visit http://tinyurl.com/CPWMLresources.

For a complete schedule of the day’s events or to register, visit http://www.nursing.umn.edu/memoryloss.

WHAT: Caring for a Person with Memory Loss Conference
WHO: Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., and other experts on aging and memory loss
WHEN: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1
WHERE: University of Minnesota Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis


About the School of Nursing
The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is ranked among the nation’s top nursing schools. It is a leader in nursing research and has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of approximately 850 students. The school produces 55 percent of the faculty in Minnesota’s public and private nursing schools, advanced practice nurses and nurses who can assume leadership positions. It is the oldest continuously-operated, university-based school of nursing. The School of Nursing is one of six schools and colleges in the Academic Health Center, one of the most comprehensive facilities for health professionals in the nation, fostering interdisciplinary study, research and education. For more information, visit www.nursing.umn.edu.