Alzheimer’s Expert to Speak June 13

Families dealing with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias often find it difficult to manage the complex emotions that come with the territory.

Coping skills and strategies will be shared by Heather Gray, family program manager for the Alzheimer's Association Northern California-Northern Nevada Chapter, in a presentation called, "Emotions of Caregiving" when she speaks to the NorthBay Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group at 7 p.m. June 13.

The public is welcome to attend this free event, which will be at the VacaValley Wellness Center, 1020 Nut Tree Road.

Gray has worked with the Alzheimer's Association for 12 years and oversees family caregiver support groups, provides community presentations, caregiver trainings, and trainings for professionals working with families with a dementia patient. She has more than 17 years' experience providing direct service and support to persons living with dementia and their families.

"With some planning and adjustment of our expectations, relationships with our loved ones can still be happy and memorable," explained Gray. "We'll talk about ways to recognize how our emotions impact not only our loved ones but also our own well-being."

The NorthBay support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month and is led by trained facilitators from the NorthBay Alzheimer's Resource Center.

Refreshments will be provided.