FirstHealth to Offer Program on Alzheimer’s and Dementia

FirstHealth of the Carolinas will offer a “Family Night” program for caregivers of people with dementia. The session will be led by Melanie Bunn, a geriatric nurse practitioner, a dementia training special with Alzheimer’s North Carolina, and an instructor of nurses with Duke University’s School of Nursing.

Melanie Bunn, RN, MSN, GNP, is well-known for her work in the care of the aged with dementia and related illnesses. She is a recipient of the NC Gerontological Nurse of the Year awarded by the North Carolina Nurses Association. (Duke University photo)

Melanie Bunn, RN, MSN, GNP, is well-known for her work in the care of the aged with dementia and related illnesses. She is a recipient of the NC Gerontological Nurse of the Year awarded by the North Carolina Nurses Association. (Duke University photo)

FirstHealth says Bunn has played a pivotal role in the development of recently revised procedures on the care of patients with dementia at Moore Regional Hospital. She has advised the committee of nurses studying the issue and conducted several sessions on the philosophy and technology of caring for dementia patients.

The Family Night program is especially for caregivers and will explore four main areas:

  1. What are Alzheimer’s and dementia?
  2. Types and progression of dementia
  3. Approaches and strategies for care
  4. Effective communication techniques.

The program is free and open to the public Tue., May 14, at 5:30 p.m. in Monroe Auditorium at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Information is available at 1-800-213-3284.

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