Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be a worrisome and confusing diagnosis, for both those receiving it and for their caretakers. To help, social worker Kristin Feeback has been hard at work for several years raising awareness of early screening and interventions.
“I just want people to know that the screening process is not intimidating. You’re asked a set of specific questions, and based on those answers, it indicates whether or not dementia is probable. If so, we encourage people to make an appointment with their doctor and get their family, loved ones, or support network involved,” said Kristin. “I’ve been doing free memory screenings at Parsons Presbyterian Manor for four years now. Many people come in every year, and they can compare and contrast their results from year to year.”
November is National Memory Care Month, which makes it the ideal time to conduct these screenings. Kristin or one of her associates will be on site from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 for the free evaluations.
“Early detection and intervention is key to living your best life possible,” said Kristin. “People don’t realize that they can slow down the progress of the illness and even improve functioning. The biggest thing about dementia now is taking care of yourself. I encourage people to stay busy with puzzles and learning new skills.”
Employees at Parsons Presbyterian Manor also recently completed a two-part training known as Positive Approach to Care (PAC) with Mike Willis from Girard Senior Behavioral Health.
“Mike is very, very good at teaching techniques to people caring for individuals with dementia. We’re thrilled that Mike was able to teach certain techniques that would be helpful,” said Maegen Pegues, executive director.
Residents and community members are also invited to a seminar, “Knowing the 10 Signs of Dementia,” at 2 p.m. at Parsons Presbyterian Manor. The event is hosted in conjunction with K-State and the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call Parsons Presbyterian Manor at 620-421-1450.
The seminar is part of Presbyterian Manor’s commitment to educating families and staff about important topics for seniors and their caregivers.