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Senior Day Care Offers "Dementia 101" Workshop on July 11, 2015
Human Services



El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is offering “Dementia 101”, a workshop for family and friends who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Pilot Hill Grange #1, 1701 Hwy 193, in Cool. The workshop includes two sessions from presenters with extensive knowledge in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

  • Session 1 - Dementia: What is it? Presented by Esther Lara, Clinical Social Worker and Research Administrator for the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, this session addresses differences between normal forgetfulness and serious memory loss, signs, symptoms and causes of dementia, disease diagnosis, useful medications and therapies, and effects of dementia on brain function and behavior.
  • Session 2 – Dementia: Understanding and Managing Behaviors. Presented by Wanda Demarest, Program Supervisor for Senior Day Care Services in Placerville, this session gives participants communication skills and techniques to cope with the unique behaviors associated with dementia.

At the end of the sessions, Ms. Lara and Ms. Demarest will be joined by Denise Davis, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California/Northern Nevada and Dorene Fanning, LCSW and Family Consultant for the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, to address participant questions.

Workshop seating is limited; registration is required. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes continental breakfast. The workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. For reservations, please call Senior Day Care at (530) 621-6180. Free respite care for qualified caregivers attending the workshop may be available by calling the Family Caregiver Support Program at least two weeks in advance of the event at (530) 621-6192.

Senior Day Care Services is a program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency. Program staff would like to thank the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Alzheimer’s Association (Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter), Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Divide Chamber of Commerce, Sol Nisbet of First Cal, Pattti Babish, ReMax Realtor, The Pilot Hill Grange #1, Lesa Dalthorp and the Marshall Foundation for Community Health for their support for this event.

For more information about Senior Day Care services, call (530) 621-6180 or email or visit

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