This program will provide information on detection, causes, and risk factors related to the stages of disease, treatment, and more

SANTA MARIA, CA – July 26, 2017 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital, is offering two free sessions for the community to learn about memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dignity Health would like to invite the caregivers in the community to attend the classes “Creating Solutions for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia,” hosted by Dignity Health Home Health & Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Association.

WHO: Caregivers and volunteers for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients in the community are invited to attend.

WHAT: An educational program to learn about detection, risks, stages, and treatment of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, presented by Donna K. Beal, MPH, MCHES, Vice President of Program Services and Advocacy of the Alzheimer’s Association California chapter. The first class assesses the basics of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, while the second class explores behavioral messages and challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

WHERE: 124 S. College Drive Santa Maria, CA

WHEN: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease

August 1, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior August 15, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHY: Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with Dementia to communicate their needs and feelings. Some behaviors can present challenges for caregivers to manage. These classes will assist family members, caregivers, and loved ones to understand stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s, communicative strategies, treatments, and community resources available. Participants will have the ongoing support of Dignity Health Home Health, Hospice and Care Transitions nursing and social work staff for questions that arise as they provide respite care in challenging situations.

CONTACT: Please contact Home Health, Hospice, and Home Infusion for any questions at 805-739-3830.

About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving
Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the
American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In
addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only
comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast. The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012. The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande CommunityHospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more  AT http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/