Leading Alzheimer’s Expert Offers Free Presentations

linda-farrar-rnOne in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. For families and loved ones, education is crucial to understanding the disease process and providing care. Sunset Manor in Waverly invites anyone whose life is touched by dementia to attend a free seminar on Thursday, July 21.

Dementia expert Linda Farrar will give two presentations: the first at noon and the second at 2:30 p.m. Attendees can choose the presentation that best fits their schedule. To accommodate additional seating, the presentations will take place at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 508 Pearson in Waverly.

“One conference with Linda will change your way of looking at dementia care. She is the leading, cutting-edge person in dementia care,” says Krista Cubit, R.N., director of nursing at Sunset Manor. “She is a member of the national Alzheimer’s Association. Dementia and Alzheimer’s education consume her. She stays on top of what’s coming out and what’s working and what’s not working.”

Cubit recommends Farrar’s presentation for professional caregivers and nursing home staffs, as well as family and friends of dementia patients.

“When you go to her seminar, you will realize that dementia truly is a disease process and that it is taking over that person’s mindset and whole body. It’s nothing that you’re doing wrong as a caregiver or that the doctor has misdiagnosed. Linda’s presentation brings it all together so that the caregiver can better understand what they’re dealing with,” Cubit explains. “She’ll touch on all stages of dementia and discuss warning signs to watch for as the disease progresses. It’s good for family members to understand the stages and know what to expect.”

Farrar is a registered nurse and a licensed nursing home administrator. Since her retirement in 2011, Farrar has devoted her attention to developing and improving dementia care plans and educational programs. She is a certified Dementia Capable Care trainer and a certified INTERACT trainer. She is also the Kansas Facilitator for the CMS Partnership to Improve Dementia Care.

Farrar’s presentation is sponsored by the Resident Memorial Contribution Fund of Sunset Manor, long-term care division of Coffey County Hospital.

Sunset Manor welcomes anyone who is interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Registration is not required. For additional information, contact Krista Cubit at (785) 733-2744.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.

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