The Alzheimer’s Journey
How Churches Can Walk with Individuals with Alzheimer's and their Families
Thursday, October 24, 2013
9 am - 12 pm
Free of charge
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This three hour workshop, presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Ohio, will focus on the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, discuss communication tips and strategies, discover best practices for pastoral care, communicate available resources, and describe the experiences of Darrell and Alberta Prichard regarding their journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
Marty Williman is Education Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan. In her work with the Alzheimer’s Association, she provides information and support to residents of Hancock and surrounding counties through care consultation, 24 hour helpline, early-stage programs, speaker’s bureau, family and professional education programs and advocacy. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association in 1999, Marty worked in hospital settings, home health care, and medical education. Marty is married to Steve and they have two daughters, Ashlee and Erica.
Darrell and Alberta Prichard
After 50 years of marriage, Darrell and Alberta Prichard found themselves facing a challenge unlike any they had faced before. Darrell, a retired minister, was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. They were shocked and surprised by this news, and Darrell quickly became withdrawn and ashamed of his diagnosis. After long family conversations, Darrell soon realized there was no shame in this disease and they decided it was time to announce his diagnosis to friends, former colleagues, and members of the Churches of God, General Conference denomination, in which he had been a pastor for so many years. Darrell and Alberta faced this new path in their life with resolve and determination. They quickly became involved with the Hancock County, Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, taking part in educational programs, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event, and advocacy efforts for families in Hancock County and Northwest Ohio.
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