PHOTO: Dementia specialist David Hutchings (left) and Spring Hill United Methodist Church pastor Russel Yoder
By ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill United Methodist Church is inviting residents to attend a forum on Dementia and Alzheimer’s this Sunday, offering clinical guidance and education for those afflicted, as well for their caregivers and families.
The forum will be led by David Hutchings, the chief executive officer for Stonerise Healthcare LLC, founder of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care PLLC, and a national specialist in neuropathology and dementia.
“The percentage of patients and families affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s has significantly increased and there is a great need in our community for support,” Hutchings said in a press release. “Patients and caregivers who battle these conditions need education surrounding diagnosis, treatment and symptom management. I am blessed to be able to help our community by continuing this partnership with Spring Hill United Methodist Church.”
Dementia is a term that refers to a group of symptoms that induce memory loss and confusion. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, in which brain cells and their connectors degenerate and die, causing the loss of memory and certain cognitive abilities.
“Unfortunately, as dementia progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the symptoms and make clinical decisions while preserving quality of life,” Hutchings said. “That is where information and the support of the community becomes invaluable. We hope, through these forums, we will provide a much-needed resource for the community. The information will hopefully help in managing symptoms in an effort to preserve quality of life to the greatest extent possible.”
Over 5.7 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s, with the disease being the sixth leading cause of death in the country, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association. There is currently no known cure for the disease, though early detection and treatment can significantly improve its symptoms.
Russell Yoder, a pastor at Spring Hill United Methodist Church, said he was thankful for the opportunity to educate those in need on the care options for those living with Alzheimer’s.
“We are thankful to partner with Dr. Hutchings who is such a tremendous resource in this field,” Yoder said. “As a church, we want to offer support for members of our community in any way we can. Hosting these forums is an important way that we can reach out to people who are affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition to offering support, these forums provide a platform for discussing how to manage deficits related to these conditions.”
Following the forum, Hutchings will be available for a question and answer session for guests of the event.
The forum will be from 2 – 4 p.m. this Sunday at the Spring Hill United Methodist Church, located at 5286 Main Street, right on the corner of Duplex Road and U.S. 31.
For more information about the Forum on Dementia, call the church office at (931) 486-2806 or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.