Dementia Expert Speaks in Carmichael

Carmichael, CA (MPG)  |  By Shelly Lembke
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Steffany Jamison, Marketing Director for Aegis Living of Carmichael (left) and Laura Wayman, author and dementia expert during a broadcast of The Dementia Whisperer radio program (right). -- Photos by Shelly Lembke
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Aegis of Carmichael has brought Laura Wayman, nationally renowned author and dementia expert, to Carmichael. Wayman is the author of, A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, published by John Hopkins University Press. This Monday Wayman did a live broadcast of her radio show The Dementia Whisperer, from Aegis and will also be speaking at the community on Tuesday, April 25.

“I’m going to tell you a story,” said Wayman, in response to the question of how she began her current career. She then revealed a tale of young love and happily married life of a couple whose world and lives were devastated, and even lost as a result of dementia. Her parents.

After witnessing their struggles with the progressive disease, Wayman has devoted her life to education and outreach about dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Laura is a dedicated Gerontologist (A.A. degree in Gerontology, Social Services Designee Certification). She has presented keynote speeches, workshops, in-services, classes, trainings and seminars up and down the west coast on Dementia Care,” said Steffany Jamison, Marketing Director for Aegis Living of Carmichael.

Aegis engaged Wayman to speak to its staff on how to recognize the signs of dementia and utilize techniques to decrease the often stressful situations. Jamison said, “Aegis of Carmichael was fortunate to have Laura speak to our staff for an in-service training, and they were mesmerized and, without doubt, the most attentive ever, during an educational gathering.”

Jamison continued, “Her material will provide the opportunity for audience members to feel a full range of emotion, from tears to laughter, and comfortably relate to sometimes serious and disturbing information, leaving with a new sense of confidence, purpose and direction.”

As part of Aegis’ own outreach, they have asked Wayman to return April 25, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Her presentation is open to the public. The first 25 people to RSVP will receive a free copy of Wayman’s book, courtesy of Aegis. Light refreshments and complementary valet parking will be provided. To reserve seating, contact Aegis of Carmichael at (916)972-1313.