Clark Retirement Community Proud to Co-Host the "Pathway to Caregiving Conference"

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Clark Retirement Community has partnered with Holland Home and the Alzheimer's Association to host the "Pathway to Caregiving Conference." The conference, scheduled for November 7, 2015, is designed to support memory loss caregivers.

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“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for the community to gain knowledge and expertise in Alzheimer’s and dementia care,” states Chris Simons, director of Dementia Services for Clark Retirement Community.

Clark Retirement Community, Holland Home and the Alzheimer’s Association have come together to host the Pathway to Caregiving Conference, a conference designed to support caregivers on the journey of memory loss. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Calvin College Prince Conference Center.

Education is an important tool to assist caregivers in their journeys. Recognizing this, Clark, Holland Home and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered together to put on this opportunity for family members to learn more about how to care for someone with memory loss.

The Pathway to Caregiving Conference is part of the strong commitment these three organizations have to the community to increase its understanding of memory loss and assist those in need. Seven specialists from Clark Retirement Community will be sharing their expertise and experiences dealing with varying levels of memory loss. Speakers will be well versed in the methods and theories behind the community’s award-winning Dementia Care program. Talks will cover everything from the health care system to music therapy and sensory stimulation.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for the community to gain knowledge and expertise in Alzheimer’s and dementia care,” states Chris Simons, director of Dementia Services for Clark Retirement Community.

Memory loss touches many lives in the local community, whether directly or indirectly. It is the single most common life changing condition facing the senior population. There are about 18,000 people in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties that are living with dementia and over 53,000 people in the area providing care for someone with dementia. These numbers are only expected to increase in the coming years.

For those interested in learning more about how they can get registered for the Pathway to Caregiving Conference on November 7, 2015, or view the detailed line-up of speakers, please visit http://www.pathwaytocaregiving.com or feel free to call (616) 452-1666 x 107. For more information on Clark Retirement Community's Dementia Care program, visit http://www.clarkretirement.org/. The community is located at 1551 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Clark Retirement Community was the first organization in the nation to receive accreditation for dementia care services by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. We also provide independent and assisted living programs. All of Clark Retirement Community's programs are designed to reflect respect and dignity. Residents have access to numerous services and amenities, which help create an active, meaningful life.

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