Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maui Workshop: Caring for Alzheimers

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The number of people with Alzheimers Disease in Hawaii is expected to triple over the next 30 to 40 years, that according to the Maui Alzheimers Association.

As more people move through the aging process in Hawaii, more are learning to deal with the challenges and behaviors associated with the disease.

The Maui Alzheimers Association hosts a workshop and presentation on Alzheimers Disease and the important issues of planning for future care needs. The workshop takes place on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Maui Red Cross office on Market Street in Wailuku. There is limited seating. Reservations can be made by calling: 242-8636.

Those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimers disease or related dementia are encouraged to attend the two-hour presentation. Caregivers will learn a three step approach to identify and deal with behaviors such as anxiety, confusion, suspicion, memory loss and aggression.

Guest speaker, Chris Ridley, will discuss possible behaviors, causes and interventions due to dementia. Ridley (MSW, DCSW, LCSW) has worked as the Director of Social Services at Life Care Center of Hilo since 1994. She is also the Program Coordinator for Alzheimers Association Island of Hawaii, East Side. Her area of specialization is gerontology and dementia with several years experience in Mental Health.

Ridley also served for 12 years as the care giver for her father, who suffered from Alzheimers disease.

Alzheimers disease can strike people under the age of 50, but most commonly occurs with those over the age of 65. The effects of this disease can have impacts on the families and friends of the diagnosed people, as well as on the community at large.

Alzheimers disease and related dementias can cause a person to behave in different and unpredictable ways which may lead to misunderstanding, frustration and tension between the person with dementia and the caregivers.

The workshop is presented free by the Maui Alzheimers Association, to family caregivers.


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