Hard-To-Talk-About Alzheimer's Behaviors Focus of Emeritus Senior Living's June 18 Live Online Chat

Jun 05, 2013, 11:44 ET from Emeritus Senior Living

SEATTLE, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Those caring at home for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other memory-impairing diseases are invited to learn practical methods for handling the most challenging dementia-related behaviors during a live Internet chat at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, June 18.  Emeritus Senior Living Vice President Kelly Scott, who oversees all of the organization's daily Alzheimer's programming, and Emeritus Memory Care Training Specialist Diana Engle will demonstrate techniques for managing a range of challenging situations and answer questions from the public. To register, go the Live Chat link on the home page of www.emeritus.com or click here and enter the meeting room 15 minutes before the event begins. Questions may be submitted online during the Live Chat or in advance at Live.Chat@emeritus.com.

"In caring for tens of thousands of people with Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia for more than two decades, we've identified the most challenging behavior issues confronting family caregivers and have developed ways to respond to them," Scott said. Emeritus provides care for the memory-impaired at 285 of its more than 480 senior living communities nationwide through its Join Their Journey program.

"Our goal is to help improve daily life for caregivers and their loved ones," she said.

Topics expected to be covered include:

  • Diminishing wandering and other forms of agitation.
  • Responding to and reducing aggression.
  • Handling inappropriate sexual-related verbal and physical behavior.
  • Overcoming resistance to eating and bathing, and handling continence issues.
  • Communicating when your loved one no longer knows who you are.

"Many caregivers find it hard to talk about these issues openly, making it even harder to deal with them," Engle said.

About Emeritus Senior Living
Emeritus Senior Living is the nation's largest memory care and assisted living provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents. More than 30,000 employees support more than 480 communities throughout 45 states coast to coast. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its experts provide insights on senior living, care at www.Emeritus.com. Emeritus is based in Seattle, Wash.; its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC.


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