• Community Forum on Dementia to be hosted June 28

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    June 22, 2022
    Contact: Joan Hermes, 815/625-0400, ext. 5672 or joan.hermes@cghmc.com
    Community Forum on Dementia to be hosted June 28

    STERLING: A Community Forum on Dementia is being hosted 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Bethel Reformed
    Church, 230 E. 23rd St., Sterling, by the CGH Health Foundation, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association.
    CGH neurologist Dr. Preeti Joseph will speak at 6 p.m. on “Dementia: Types, Testing and Treatment” followed by
    Joe Landmichl, Manager of Education & Community Volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association, on “Available
    Dementia Resources”.

    From 5:30 to 6 p.m., meet with exhibitors from more than 10 area agencies that have a focus on dementia.
    There will be a separate activity planned for your loved one with dementia so that caregivers are able to attend
    the Forum. Plus, Landmichl will lead an interactive session with attendees to find out what barriers and gaps
    families are experiencing in caring for their loved ones with dementia. Refreshments will be served.

    The main focus of this year’s CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal is the new Dementia Project. The
    Foundation will spend the next year raising awareness about dementia, with an additional focus on working to
    improve dementia resources and to provide assistance for our families and caregivers.

    The impact of dementia on families can be devastating. Did you know that dementia is NOT a normal part of
    aging and that every 65 seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia? There are 5.8 million Americans living
    with dementia and by 2050 there will be 14 million.

    Eighty percent of the care is delivered by family and friends. “This Community Forum is geared to those family
    members who are caring for someone with dementia as well as to those who might have it in their family and
    need to learn more about this incurable disease,” said Joan Hermes, Executive Director of the Foundation.
    “Chances are you know someone who is struggling with dementia and trying to figure out how to help someone
    who has it. Please spread the word about this important event. We want to help our community become better
    equipped to care for our loved ones.”

    “Our goal this year is to create support groups, educate area professional staff and the public on how to
    communicate with someone with dementia, to provide community programs like this one and to promote
    community awareness of the disease,” said Hermes.

    Already three Caregiver Support Groups have been established with training and support from the Alzheimer’s
    Association. Forum attendees will learn about these opportunities for support as well as other ways to assist
    them on their journey.

    The Foundation is working to coordinate support groups in as many of the area towns in the CGH Medical
    Center service area as possible. “We will also be hosting a workshop aimed at legal, financial and social service
    planning in late summer,” said Hermes. “Plus, we are working with area partners on providing more adult
    daycare opportunities and an assistance fund to provide supplies/services for area families.”

    To register visit, www.cghmc.com/forum. For more information, contact Joan Hermes, 815/625-0400, ext. 5672
    or email at joan.hermes@cghmc.com.
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