Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients to connect, and learn, at conference

Keynote speaker Rundy Purdy will tell the story of his eight years of intensive, personal caregiving

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— A daylong support and educational program will allow caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or related dementia an opportunity to connect with their peers and health professionals.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter will hold its fall Caregiver Conference in Scranton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center in Scranton.

All participants will have their concerns addressed and questions answered by a variety of local professionals and care agencies.

“Our Caregiver Conferences are a great opportunity to provide a day of rest and resources to those who are taking care of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or related dementia,” said Kristen Shipsky, Constituent Services Coordinator for the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. “All attendees will be provided with educational sessions to enhance their skills on practical care issues, family dynamics, grief and stress management as well as time for personal reflection and self-care rejuvenation activities.”

The keynote speaker is Rundy Purdy, author of “The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving,” who will highlight his caregiving journey. Those eight years of intensive, personal caregiving gave Purdy a passion for sharing his experience and encouraging others who face the reality of caregiving.

There is no cost to attend this event, but registration is required. Register at this specially created link — — or call Kristen Shipsky at 570-822-9915 ext. 4021. Those who cannot attend the conference in person are invited to watch a telecast of the conference. Registration for the telecast is also available at the above link.

About the Alzheimer's AssociationThe Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health

For more information, visit or call 1-800-272-3900.

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