Cheryl Evan, director of community affairs at the Tanglewood Group, recently presented Alzheimer's training for the Regional Disaster Medical Assistance Team at Erie's St. Vincent Hospital.
Members of the team included professionals from the medical field as well as support people who have been trained to respond to any type of national disaster that requires an immediate medical response. They are credentialed, equipped and ready for rapid deployment to areas of federal disaster where local resources are overwhelmed.
"Even though our team members work in the medical field, they are not all in situations where they regularly care for Alzheimer's patients," said Dan Loewenheim, training officer for the team. "This training provided a well-rounded understanding of the disease and how to better understand and communicate with those affected by it. We will now be able to provide more compassionate care for the patients we treat."
Alzheimer's disease affects one out of two people over the age of 85 and presents very unique challenges. The Tanglewood Group, specialists in memory care, offers a variety of care options ranging from home care and adult day care to long-term care. For more information about any of their services or to inquire about an Alzheimer's educational presentation, contact Cheryl Evan at 338-0500.