NEWBERRY — The Alzheimer’s Association is holding a free caregivers conference on May 19 at the Newberry College Center for Teacher Education in the Gnann Conference Room, 1121 Speers St.
Family caregivers, professional caregivers, and those with an interest in caregiving are encouraged to attend. Registration is required. Lunch will be provided to all attendees. It begins at 9 a.m.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Dorree Lynn, a nationally recognized psychotherapist with a special focus on life over 50 and author of When The Man You Love Is Ill: Doing the Best for Your Partner Without Losing Yourself. She has also served as AARP’s relationship and “sexpert” specialist, sharing her expertise regularly on Retirement Living TV.
Lynn’s segment will focus on “Taking Care of the Caregiver” and “Keeping Intimacy Alive.”
The Alzheimer’s Association addresses the issue of intimacy briefly on their website, alz.org, highlighting that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s may affect sexual feelings, which can result in changes in behavior or the desire for and the expression of affection.
As the disease progresses, one’s needs and expectations for intimacy may be impacted, affecting both the individual with dementia and his or her intimate partner. Lynn will go into more depth about the topic during her afternoon session.
To register, go to alz.org/sc and register online or submit a paper registration. Any caregivers or community members interested or with questions can contact Elizabeth Brantley, Midlands Area Program Director, at [email protected] or 803-791-3430 or call the 24 hour Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.