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PA Department of Aging Offers Seminar on Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced it will sponsor a seminar at the Pennsylvania Home Show on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. entitled, "Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Preparing to be a Caregiver."

The information session will be presented by Candy Yingling, an early stage coordinator at the Alzheimer's Association – Greater PA Chapter, and will provide suggestions for caregivers and families, once the medical diagnosis is discovered.  Discussion will also focus on recommendations for caregivers to consider in providing care for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.  The seminar will conclude with a brief question and answer period.

Department of Aging staff will be available at the Home Show on March 6 to provide information for visitors and answer questions about the department's programs and services as well as provide information on how older Pennsylvanians can remain in their homes and communities.

More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The Department of Aging is working to provide education and a better understanding of the disease in order to help support caregivers and their families. 

On Feb. 7, Secretary of Aging Brian Duke presented the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders to Governor Tom Corbett on behalf of the members of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee.

The committee was formed to examine the needs and research trends in Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's population; study existing resources and needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease, their families and caregivers; and develop a strategy that will mobilize Pennsylvania's response to the anticipated increase of Alzheimer's disease in the state.

For information about the Department of Aging and Alzheimer's disease or to view the State Plan, visit www.aging.state.pa.us

Media contact: Christina Reese, 717-783-1550

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Aging

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