St. Bernards Will Host Free Alzheimer’s Symposium and Caregiver’s Workshop on Nov. 13

Published on Mon, November 03, 2014
St. Bernards Will Host Free Alzheimer’s Symposium and Caregiver’s Workshop on Nov. 13

The St. Bernards Foundation will host a free Alzheimer’s Program and Caregiver’s Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The program, to begin at 10:30 in the morning and run through 2:30 in the afternoon, will feature a presentation by Betsy Broyles Arnold and her daughter, Molly Arnold Gay, with the Frank & Barbara Broyles Foundation and Care Givers United.

Arnold lived in Tomball, Texas, when her mother, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But she and her family – including 12-year-old Molly – packed up and moved back to Fayetteville to be close to her mother. Arnold and her twin sister, Linda, wanted to make their mother’s last days as happy as possible.

Soon she and her family moved into her mother’s house, and she helped care for her 24 hours a day, an experience that changed her and her entire family.

Arnold and Gay will present “Our Story” from 10:30 until noon. Gay will present the unique perspective on what it was like living with an Alzheimer’s patient when she was a pre-teen.

A light lunch will be served at noon, and a question-answer session will be held, along with an overview of St. Bernards’ Villa, a Level II Assisted Living facility under construction in southwest Jonesboro that will have a separate, dedicated memory center for those living with Alzheimer’s. That facility and its William I. Rainwater Memory Center will be ready for occupancy by April, 2015.

Participants also will be able to take advantage of a free Caregiver’s Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.

The event will be held at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington Ave.

Persons interested in attending must make reservations by calling the Foundation office at 870-207-2500 or by emailing kbobbitt@sbrmc.org by Tuesday, Nov. 11.