(Free Press Release) PDHCA Webinar Educates Elderly & Families about In-Home Care Options & Alzheimer's Disease

Washington, D.C.— October 29, 2011 -- November is National Alzheimer‘s Disease Awareness Month and also marks a time to rally around the nearly 15 million family caregivers that provide billions of unpaid hours of care to those with Alzheimer‘s and other dementias.* As the population of families that care for people with Alzheimer‘s increases, more information is needed about care, respite, and safety. The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) is proud to announce the Alzheimer‘s Association® National Capital Area Chapter (www.alz.org/nca) as the next partner in the PDHCA "Help Choose Home" educational webinar series. PDHCA and the Alzheimer‘s Association National Capital Area Chapter will come together on November 15, 2011 to present "Alzheimer‘s Care and Safety at Home." Registration is located at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/627588866 .

"With glaring statistics regarding stress among unpaid family caregivers of Alzheimer‘s sufferers—more than 60 percent of family caregivers report high levels of stress because of the prolonged duration of caregiving and 33 percent report symptoms of depression—Alzheimer‘s awareness and support for families is of utmost importance," said Jane Priest, Chief Program Officer of the Alzheimer‘s Association National Capital Area Chapter. "We‘re pleased to partner with the Private Duty Homecare Association to help educate families on options to age at home when dealing with an Alzheimer's diagnosis."

Alzheimer‘s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.* PDHCA‘s discussion, co-presented by Jane Priest, Chief Program Officer of the Alzheimer‘s Association National Capital Area Chapter, will be an invaluable presentation about the additional care that is needed for both the caregiver and the care recipient. The interactive webinar will cover the warning signs of someone possibly suffering from Alzheimer's disease, how to approach caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's disease, the telltale signs that indicate caregiver stress, and respite care options with in-home care.

"It‘s absolutely critical to arm family caregivers, doctors and the elderly with potentially life-changing information about home care options," said Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. "PDHCA lends support to assist all individuals who wish to remain independent in the community."

"As facilitator of the webinar series, I have experienced how committed and engaged people have become to learning more about the possibilities of in-home care, to ensure quality of life at home," said Merrily Orsini, Chief Strategic Officer, PDHCA. "Those that attend the "Help Choose Home" webinars bring their personal questions and take away expert advice from our partners in the industry like the Alzheimer‘s Association."

Join PDHCA and the Alzheimer‘s Association for the free webinar on November 15, 2011 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and learn about Alzheimer‘s Care and Safety at Home. To register, please click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about logging on to the webinar.

For more information about PDHCA and the webinar series, please visit the registration page, the Help Choose Home website at www.helpchoosehome.com, PDHCA‘s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pdhca or Twitter @PDHCA.

The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes. PDHCA services focus on providing valuable information to its members, including help in understanding federal guidelines, financial management assistance, networking, business strategy meetings, certification and accreditation, and new product offerings. PDHCA is designed to answer all the questions that private duty home care providers may have regarding their businesses and practices. Please visit PDHCA on the web at www.pdhca.org.

About Alzheimer‘s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world‘s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer‘s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer‘s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer‘s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.

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