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URI college of Nursing to host teleconference on Alzheimer’s disease

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 21, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing will present the Hospice Foundation of America’s 11th Annual Living with Grief Teleconference on Wednesday, April 28.

The program entitled, "Living with Grief: Alzheimer’s Disease, is free and open to the public, and runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the College and its Weyker Thanatology Endowment, the teleconference will be held at the Narragansett Bay Campus, Coastal Institute Auditorium.

An expert panel will discuss what is known medically about the diagnosis, progression and treatment of the disease, explore some innovative programs for patients and caregivers coping with Alzheimer’s. The speakers will also focus on the particular grief issues patients and families face during the course of the illness: and examine the challenges and opportunities that Alzheimer’s disease presents to clinicians, caregivers, hospice workers and policy advocates. The panel will also discuss dementias other than Alzheimer’s.

Continuing education credits will be available through the Hospice Foundation of America for most professional disciplines. Attendance at the extended discussion from 4 to 4:30 p.m. is required for those seeking credit. For people seeking credit, a $25 processing fee payable to HFA should be submitted with a completed evaluation on the day of the teleconference.

For more information, contact the nursing college at 874-2766.