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Creighton Lecture Focuses on Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

Creighton Lecture Focuses on Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and according to national reports that number is increasing. This critical health issue will be the topic of the 49th annual Alpha Sigma Nu Rev. William F. Kelley, S. J., Endowed Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, on Creighton’s campus.

Featured speakers are Patricia Callone, vice president for Institutional Relations at Creighton and Connie Kudlacek, past executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, Midlands Chapter presenting “Alzheimer’s Disease: Nurture What Remains.”

The talk will be held at the V. J. and Angela Skutt Student Center on campus and is free and open to the public.

Callone and Kudlacek share more than 25 years of experience working with  Alzheimer’s disease and with caregivers. Their remarks focus on the dignity within people suffering with the disease and how loved ones can work with these individuals.

Roger A. Brumback, M. D., professor of pathology and psychiatry and chairman of the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine and Helene Lohman, O.T.D., associate professor of occupational therapy, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton will participate in a question and answer period following the speakers’ remarks.

All of the presenters have collaborated with other experts in the field to publish two books designed to provide resources for caregivers. The first, “Alzheimer’s Disease -The Dignity Within: A Handbook for Caregivers, Family and Friends” recently received an award from the American Journal of Nursing in the consumer category. The second “A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease: 300 Tops for Making Life Easier,” provides concrete suggestions for coping with the disease.

Posted: 3/27/2007

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