Monday, January 30, 2012


            BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development will hold a four-part Alzheimer’s disease series starting Wednesday, Feb. 8, in downtown Bradford.
            Jill L. Oliver, speech language pathologist at the Bradford manor, and Debbie McKee, director of activities at Sweden Valley manor of Coudersport, will lead the sessions. They have expertise in behavior management, dementia care and working with the older population.
            Each session takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the sixth-floor conference room of the Seneca Building at 2 Main St., and the cost is $15 per person for each session. Those who attend all four sessions can pay $50 for the series to save $10.
            The first session, “Preparation for the Alzheimer’s Journey,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8. Oliver and McKee will look at challenges facing those with early stages of dementia. The instructors will also give advice on a daily routine and how to develop a strong support system. The instructors will also use American Medical Association statistics to trace the anatomical changes as the disease progresses.
            The second session, “Empowerment for Success during the Early to Middle Stages of Dementia,” will take place on Wednesday, February 22. Oliver and McKee will explore strategies for coping with difficult behavior associated with Alzheimer’s. They will also discuss the anatomical changes that affect behaviors and communication.
            The third session, “Exploring Home Care, Nursing Home Placement and the Special Care Unit,” will be held Wednesday, March 7. The instructors will cover finding a facility for a loved one. How to make visits more meaningful when visiting a person with dementia will also be discussed.
            The fourth session, “Who Cares for the Caregiver?” will take place Wednesday, March 21. Oliver and McKee will discuss help for those who have been the support system. They will also cover how to cope after a loved one passes.
            For more information or to register, contact Continuing Education at (814)362-5078 or
            For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or

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