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The Search for Meaning: The Journey Through Alzheimer’s
June 19, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
24 Tabor Crossing
Bill Zeckhausen and his wife Barbara will present a talk on their experiences as patient and caregiver. Bill was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. After battling severe depression, he decided to funnel his energy into raising awareness about dementia in hopes of giving people a language for discussion and so that he might find meaning in his experience.
Barbara speaks to caregivers, sharing the tips she says are critical, such as “learning it’s the disease talking and not your loved one if they behave uncharacteristically.” Bill tells his personal story of coping with his diagnosis. “A common, understandable response to the diagnosis is to try to hide it from others, which sooner or later becomes impossible,” Bill said. “It is such a relief to become open about it, which the Alzheimer’s Association emphasizes is most important for security, and not becoming isolated and withdrawn in the first and second stages.”
The two will also answer questions from the audience.
The event is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.