Church Hosts Weekend Online Discussion About Dementia

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Aundralesha Wordlow

TUSCALOOSA— A local church hosted an online conference over the weekend, offering guidance for the caregivers of people with dementia as well as people living with the disease.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa held Living With Dementia:Help and Hope over video conferencing software Zoom.

According to the World Health Organization, around 50 million people are affected by some form of dementia worldwide.

There is no known cure, but proper treatment helps people keep their memory and live longer.

The two keynote speakers for the conference were Deborah Jackson of New Orleans and Brian Leblanc, who was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. Jackson and Leblanc helped inspire caregivers and offer their own experiences from dealing with dementia first hand.

Each speaker expressed their concerns about the lack of knowledge and attention given to dementia and those that suffer with it.

“This was a dark and lonely time in our lives in those years when there was little written about dementia,” said Lynda Everman who cared for her husband and father with the illness.

Everman said she could name one or two books about dementia where the literature was there, but not enough facts. It’s a conversation many people were ashamed of having, and Everman said her family chose to treat it as “failing” because what’s what others did.

On the registration page for the conference, the church listed a link for more resources for those living with dementia and caring for people with it. For more information and resources in a downloadable PDF click here.

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