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ElderServe, the community services division of The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, announced its latest effort to help those caring for people with dementia. ElderServe will co-sponsor an educational seminar for caregivers titled “Aging Parents – Resources for Families.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, October 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Rosedale Room in building #4 at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains, NY.

An estimated 20 million households in the United States have someone who is taking care of a loved one. The value of this “free” service is actually estimated at $250 billion a year in care at home. As the population ages, the number of caregivers will only increase. Yet who helps the caregiver? The seminar is designed to provide resources and practical information to caregivers on the latest in dementia diagnosis, treatment and services.

The seminar will feature the following programs and distinguished experts:

• Stages of Dementia featuring Pasquale Fonzetti, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the Burke Memory Evaluation and Treatment Center.

• Types and Use of Resources featuring Dorothy Mangini, licensed clinical social worker at the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service.

• Future of Memory Care featuring Robin Dessel, licensed clinical social worker at The Hebrew Home’s Memory Care Unit.

• Wandering Behavior and Safety Measures featuring Ruth Ahearn, licensed medical social worker at the Alzheimer’s Association of Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY.

• Older Drivers featuring Beverly Carter, DM of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.

• Legal Parameters and Dementia featuring Joan Miller-Cohn, Esq. of Pace’s Women’s Justice Center.

Registration is required.

To register, contact Arlene Rosen, R.N. Ed.D, at ElderServe Resource and Safe Center for Seniors at (914) 683-7530.

Co-sponsors include ElderServe Resource and Safe Center for Seniors, a one-stop center and clearinghouse for information and assistance to family and other primary caregivers of older adults and cognitively impaired adults; The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders; Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research; Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester providing dignified comfort, care and compassion to every individual and family facing a serious or life-threatening illness; Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, the leading home health care agency serving all of Westchester with an in-home mental health program specializing in the care of dementia patients; The Wartburg Adult Care Community, a not-for-profit Lutheran ministry serving people of all faiths with a full range of residential options and health related services for older adults, including dementia care; Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services, Caregiver Resource and Safe Centers, providing advice, information and services to assist caregivers in their role of caring for an elderly family member.

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is a non-sectarian, not for profit geriatric care center that provides a continuum of care to more than 3,000 older people in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester County, New York. Founded in 1917 as a shelter for homeless elderly in Harlem, the Home is located on a beautiful 19 acre campus along the Hudson River and provides residential healthcare, rehabilitation and palliative care facilities, senior housing communities, and the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. For more information, please visit http://www.hebrewhome.org.

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