'The Wizard of ALZ: A Different Perspective on Dementia' is theme for spring 2014 seminar from Memphis Conference Older Adult Council


By Luci Cromer

If you are caring for an older adult or concerned about older adult family members and friends, a health care provider, pastor, or a church or lay person involved in older adult programming you won’t want to miss “The Wizard of ALZ™: A Different Perspective on Dementia.”

This seminar will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Jackson First UMC, 200 S. Church Street in Jackson, Tennessee from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The $15 per person cost includes lunch, and the registration deadline is Monday, March 10. No walk-ins, please. Call 731-664-8480 to register or click here for registration form. Scholarships are available.
Barbara J. Helm, MA, Educational Services Coordinator, University of Kentucky College of Public Health will conduct this program, a creative perspective on dementia which uses analogies to the Wizard of Oz to explore the experiences of the diagnosed person and family.

  • Session One, The Wizard of ALZ™: We are Not in Kansas Anymore, will discuss memory and aging in general and explore Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Session Two, The Wizard of ALZ™: Follow the Yellow Brick Road, looks at Alzheimer’s and other dementias from the person’s point of view and how to meet the spiritual needs of the person and his/her family. 
  • Session Three, The Wizard of ALZ™: There is No Place like Home, explores caring for the caregiver. 
There will also be time allotted for roundtable discussions.

This seminar is sponsored by the Memphis Conference Older Adult Council of The United Methodist Church. Call Pam Jaco, Coordinator, at 731-267-1059, for more information. This seminar is open to everyone, not just church members, and promises to be a most informative program. Mark your calendar and plan on coming!