Alzheimer’s Association 23rd Annual Educational Symposium


Walk to end Alzheimer's DIsease October 24, 2015 Finlay Park Columbia SCEach year the Alzheimer’s Association educates family caregivers and professionals providing support with persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on how to enrich those lives through a series of different educational lectures. On Friday, August 21, 2015, we gathered at the William Yates Conference Center (South Carolina Hospital Association) to learn from professionals in dementia research, dementia care and caregiver support. These brilliant educators taught us about different types of dementia, advances in Dementia care and diagnosis, and factors that can help prevent the development of Dementia.

We began this outstanding 23rd Annual Educational Symposium with a lavish breakfast spread of hot coffee and juices, different fresh fruits and delicious muffins integrated with a mission to complete a door prize sheet for a chance to win awesome gift certificates and other cool prizes. The goal was to visit different exhibitors to learn about community services and memory care communities who offer help for those who support someone who is affected by Dementia and Alzheimer’s. What a fun way to start the day and it just got better from there! Did you know that over five million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease? Or that every sixty seven seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s? Or that Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America and the only one of the major causes of death with no known cause, cure or treatment? Did you also know there is a 24 hour hotline that provides Alzheimer’s support or that there are support groups sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association all over the US and in fact all over the Midlands?

These are just a few of the facts that we learned at this conference. While being treated to a delectable lunch and enjoying the savory flavors, we were taught different yoga techniques to reduce stress and increase social participation for those with the disease. Each speaker throughout the day provided intriguing and stimulating knowledge that helped those in attendance go home and be even better caregivers than they were before.
Whether it is care for a loved one, a friend, or part of your professional career the most important piece that I took away from this enlightening symposium is that communication is the glue to improving the wellbeing and quality of life of someone diagnosed. With the right understanding of behaviors and the key tools to communicate, anyone can make a difference in the lives of those struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

On October 24, 2015 the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a walk to raise money for research, support and to provide awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s. Our very own Nate Rhodes has the pleasure of being this year’s 2015 chairman for the walk. Our entire staff here at Always Best Care has also teamed up to take part in taking a stand to end Alzheimer’s. Will you? The End of Alzheimer’s starts with you so become a sponsor, start a team, come join our team or walk as an individual supporter. Either way, please join us at 9:00 AM at the Taylor St. entrance of Finlay Park in Columbia, SC to make your impact. To sign up, contact Barbara Brunson at [email protected] or (803) 799-0425.


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Always Best Care can Help provide senior care in the home for those living with Alzheimer’s

Always Best Care provides excellent in home care by assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, transfers, feeding or ambulation, as well as, laundry, cooking, cleaning, shopping and other errands or chores that can help seniors stay safe at home when they want to and are able to age in place. In addition we can provide sitter type service, companion care, or personal care in senior’s homes, in independent living or assisted living communities, in nursing homes and even in hospitals. Call Hunter Burdette at (803) 403-1895 if you know someone who needs dependable in home care from caregivers and an agency they can trust. Hunter will arrange a Free consultation for you or your loved one to discuss your care needs and come up with a customized care plan to meet your needs.

Always Best Care can Help find the best Senior community for those who can’t stay home

For those seniors who can not safely stay at home, we provide a service that is free to seniors and their families. We call it a Senior Living Finder service because we help them find a community that is best for their budget, care needs, social needs and what part of town they want to live in.
If you know someone who needs to start looking for an independent living retirement community or assisted living community OR needs to find one right away, call Tyler West at (803) 667-4400. Tyler will be glad to meet with you at your home, or even at the hospital or rehab facility where your loved one may be receiving care, to discuss your loved ones care needs, budget and other preferences. He can also discuss their needs over the phone if that is better for you and can help you find the best community to meet the needs of you or your loved one.

Tyler and Hunter both look forward to hearing from you whether you need in home care, help finding assisted living or any other senior solution!