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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 1, 2011

Alzheimer’s Expert to Discuss ‘Person-Centered’ Care on Phone Support Network

NEW YORK, NY— Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D., executive director of Alzheimer's Family Services Center, Huntington Beach, CA, will discuss ways in which caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease can use “person-centered” care strategies to manage difficult behaviors on the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) telephone support network on November 10.

The free one-hour teleconference, Care Connection, is geared for both family and professional caregivers of people with dementia, and offers a presentation by an expert as well as time for callers to ask questions and share their experiences. It takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. (ET). To participate, dial (toll-free) 877-AFA-2992 and enter guest ID 271004#.

Dick-Muehlke of Santa Ana, CA is renowned for her efforts to support the continued personhood of each individual with dementia, and was recently named AFA’s Dementia Care Professional of the Year in recognition of her outstanding achievements over the last 25 years.

“Care Connection is designed as a supportive learning environment, where caregivers have the opportunity to gain valuable insight from experts and peers that can help ease their journey,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s founding president and CEO.

With the upcoming presentation, he added, “We’re certain that participants will benefit from Dr. Dick-Muehlke’s person-centered approach to care, which upholds the dignity and individuality of people with dementia.”

Care Connection is particularly helpful to family caregivers who are unable to attend an on-site support group or educational workshop because they can’t leave their loved one or don’t have these types of support services in their communities.

In addition, members of AFA’s Dementia Care Professionals of America division who participate in the teleconference can obtain continuing education units toward re-qualification as AFA Qualified Dementia Care Providers and Dementia Care Specialists.

On December 8, the guest speaker will be Carole Larkin, a geriatric care manager at ThirdAge Services, Dallas, who will explore “The Biology of the Dementias: Why People Can Remember 30 Years Ago, But Not Remember Eating Breakfast.”

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,600 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include counseling and referrals by licensed social workers via a toll-free hot line, e-mail, Skype, and live chat; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 866-AFA-8484