Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Teepa Snow, a nationally recognized dementia expert, will give a seminar on Lewy Body Dementia on February 8, 2013, at Pines of Sarasota.
The seminar, presented by the Pines Education Institute, will educate health care providers and family caregivers on the intricacies of the second most prevalent form of dementia.
Lewy Body Dementia, a highly misdiagnosed but extremely challenging form of dementia, is affecting millions of Americans and their families.
Often mistakenly seen as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body causes vivid hallucinations and aggression in those affected. Commonly prescribed antipsychotics for other forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s can cause potentially fatal conditions in Lewy Body patients, stressing the urgent need for improved physician training on this common type of dementia.
JoAnn Westbrook, Director of Education, explains: “Teepa empowers families through information and role playing. Knowing what to look for, which questions to ask your physician and where to get much needed resources is vital for affected families. Nobody should have to face this frightening disease alone.”
For more information please visit http://www.lewybody.eventbrite.com.
About Pines Education Institute of S.W. Florida:
The Pines Education Institute of S.W. Florida, the not-for-profit educational department of Pines of Sarasota, provides cutting-edge, specialized education, outreach programs, support, resources and counseling to family members and geriatric caregivers. For more information visit http://pinesofsarasota.org/education-institute.html
About the Pines of Sarasota:
Pines of Sarasota is a private, non-profit long-term care community on 17 acres near downtown Sarasota. Established in 1948 by the Kiwanis Club, Pines provides quality, compassionate Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care for residents, even after they have outlived their financial resources. Pines services also include in and outpatient rehabilitation care, two preschool child care centers, the Education Institute of Southwest Florida and the Fabulous Finds Thrift Shops. For more information visit http://www.pinesofsarasota.org.