Nashua Community College to Host One-day Conference on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Nashua Community College to Host One-day Conference on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Nashua Community College to Host One-day Conference on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Sixth annual event is free and open to professionals in healthcare and family members

Nashua, NH - The Nursing Department at Nashua Community College (NCC) will be presenting its sixth annual one-day conference designed to help healthcare professionals, family members and others interested in learning how to care for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. The event, entitled “Embracing the Journey: Compassionate Care of the Caregiver,” will be held on Friday, March 1 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the NCC auditorium at 505 Amherst Street, Nashua and is free of charge. Healthcare professionals will receive 5.25 contact hours for attending.

This unique and interactive event offers a new approach on how people see those diagnosed with some form of dementia. It will introduce attendees to both the left and right side of the brain, will review the various forms of dementia and provide psychological characteristics for each one. Holistic tools and strategies will be taught that will assist with the most common challenges that caregivers are presented with while caring for the disease.

“There are over 7 million new cases of dementia diagnosed each year worldwide and it is one of the leading causes of mental impairment affecting the elderly. There are many ways that we can help maintain the dignity of individuals suffering from some form of dementia. The event will focus on some of the ways we can help provide the best quality of life to individuals as they progress through the disease,” said Theresa Williams, MS, RN, a nursing simulation lab professor and program coordinator for NCC’s general studies program in health.

The program will be presented by Phyllis DeLaricheliere, who has worked in the senior living industry for over 20 years. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in using alternative methods to care for Alzheimer/dementia patients. Based on her book, “Embracing the Journey: Knowing your Inner Hippie,” her mission is “to help us find the joy again, the permission to take care of ourselves and to learn to embrace the journey.”

Seating for the event is limited and those interested in attending should RSVP to Terri Szugda at by February 22. Attendees will be able to purchase lunch, snacks and beverages at NCC’s Café 505.

About Nashua Community College

Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area through providing a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six of their programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.