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Dementia Awareness & Education Event

Dementia Awareness & Education Event Tuesday, April 28 from 5:15 – 7:30 pm
The West Central Dementia Awareness Network (WCDAN) is pleased to offer a free community education event on Tuesday, April 28 in Willmar.
On Friday, April 18th the West Central Dementia Awareness Network (WCDAN) was awarded the Outstanding Senior-Friendly Nonprofit of 2015 at Life Connections in Willmar, sponsored by the Willmar Area Community Foundation.  Twice a year (Spring & Fall) WCDAN sponsors community events promoting public educational opportunities for caregivers, families, and anyone interested in the topic of dementia. WCDAN is a group of professionals working with seniors – and with a specific interest in dementia – which formed in 2009; the Atwater Area Help for Seniors (LAHBNP) has been a member since the beginning.
On April 28 Sandy Oltz, a former nurse from the St. Cloud area diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 46, will speak briefly about her personal experiences.  Sandy served as a consultant in the making of the movie Still Alice, providing input into screenwriting, directing and giving personal advice to actress Julianne Moore.  Now an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, Sandy will briefly speak to symptoms interfering with her life, her diagnosis, and living her life now.  Following Sandy a Caregiver Panel will share experiences and coping strategies for families and caregivers. A question and answer period will wrap up the speaker portion.
The event will be held at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar (1101 Willmar Avenue).  From 5:15 to 6 pm you can visit displays and gather information, and enjoy a hot turkey sandwich with chips for a free will donation.  Speakers will be from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
The event is free, but a free will donation does help to support the Alzheimer’s Association and future WCDAN community events.
For more information or should you have questions, contact Lori Petersen at 320-226-2343.

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