Skaneateles: Athenaeum to host free workshop

Sensitivity training gives families 'a hands-on dementia experience'

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death. Alzheimer's disease is not waiting. In the time it takes to read this article, someone has developed Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, it will be every 33 seconds.

With more families beginning to face the affects of Alzheimer's disease in their immediate family, it is still an unknown disease with many dimensions, stages and components that need to be addressed. Education is the key. Awareness and knowledge are important.

As part of our ongoing commitment to making information available to the community, The Athenaeum of Skaneateles is hosting a hands-on dementia experience. The workshops will be held at noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday March and on at noon and 5 p.m. Wednesday March 10.

Sessions last approximately 90 minutes each. Registration is required and limited space is available for each session. The workshops will take place at The Athenaeum of Skaneateles, located at 150 E. Genesee St., and are free and open to the public. Call 685-1400 to register.

Victoria Kaczmarek, RN, will lead the sessions. Kaczmarek is the executive director of Quaker's Landing Memory Care Community, a Peregrine Health Management residence in Orchard Park. She is a certified educator for the National Alzheimer's Foundation. Her knowledge of and passion for quality dementia care is evident through her exciting and engaging program.

The Athenaeum of Skaneateles is the area's newest and most unique licensed Adult Care Residence located in the beautiful Village of Skaneateles.

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