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HCC to offer seminar on 'Approaching Persons with Dementia'

September 14, 2010

Hagerstown Community College's Continuing Education and Community Services Division is offering a seminar on "Approaching Persons with Dementia: A Guide for First Responders" Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Elliott Center at HCC.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a continental breakfast.

A series of sessions and workshops will follow, including: "Approaching and Talking with Wandering Individuals" at 8 a.m.; "Discussing Issues of Driving, Shoplifting and Possession of Firearms" at 9 a.m.; "Talking with Individuals You Suspect May Have Signs of Abuse and Neglect" at 10:15 a.m.; and "Disaster Response Strategies for Assisting Others" at 11:15 a.m.

Guest speakers will be Mary Ann Farr, the education coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association serving Frederick and Washington counties, and Cathy Hanson, program coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association serving Frederick and Washington counties.

Professional continuing education credits are available for law enforcement/security personnel, EMS workers, activity directors and personnel, certified nursing assistants, geriatric nursing assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors and therapists.

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The program is funded in part by the Alzheimer's Association.

Professionals fee is $45. Fee includes continental breakfast, afternoon refreshments, continuing education credits, handout materials and a certificate of participation. Nonprofessionals and the general public may attend for $25 per person. Fee includes the continental breakfast.

For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned/seminars.

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