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Upcoming Events

Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Training Workshops

All Workshops are at:
Home Instead Senior Care - Directions

Combo Class 1 thru 4
September 25, 2014
1 - 5 pm

Combo Class 1 & 2: Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias / Capture Life's Journey
October 1, 2014
3 - 5 pm

Combo Class 3 & 4: Techniques to Handle Challenging Behaviors / Activities to Encourage Engagement
October 8, 2014
3 - 5 pm

Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias
This workshop will help you: Learn about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Discover how Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are diagnosed. Understand more about the behaviors that can be caused by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Capturing Life’s Journey SM
This workshop will help you: Discover how “Capture Life’s Journey” can help you and others provide the best care for your loved one. Learn techniques to encourage your loved one to share their stories and memories. Become familiar with the format of the Life Journal and how to record information about your loved one’s past. Find out how to use the Life Journal in partnership with professional caregivers.

Techniques to Handle Challenging Behaviors
This workshop will help you: Learn more about the challenging behaviors that may be displayed by those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Discover techniques to help handle these behaviors. Determine what techniques work best to manage different types of behaviors.

Activities to Encourage Engagement
This workshop will help you: Learn about the benefits of staying active for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Learn about three types of activities – for mind, body, and soul. Discover various techniques to encourage your loved one to engage in an activity. Become familiar with activities that are suitable for late stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, to stimulate your loved one’s five senses.

Are you caring for an aging parent or relative with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias? Below are four classes provided by Home Instead Senior Care. Contact Heather Bauer at 828.274.4406 or email hbauer@homeinstead.com for more information or to RSVP.

Building Bridges Over Troubled Waters

September 27, 2014
Crosswalk Student Center, Hendersonville
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9:30 am - 12 pm

This is a free event with free on-site respite provided for those registered. To register for the workshop or respite call 693.3493 by Tues Sept 23, 2014.

MFG logo3rd Annual Manufacturing Day 2014

October 3, 2014

Manufacturing Day in North Carolina is really shaping up with 19 manufacturers and organizations registered to host open houses on October 3. And to those ready to sign up, there's still time!

October 3 is sure to be a great time for the manufacturers who can show off their facilities, for the attendees, and for local communities that can see how products are really made. If you haven't yet registered but are interested in participating, visit www.ies.ncsu.edu/mfgday.

WNC Stormwater Summit and Annual Friends of the River Dinner

October 14 - 15, 2014
NC Arboretum -

The WNC Stormwater Summit will feature innovative stormwater practices and applicable design, installation, operation and maintenance suited to our region. Technical experts will discuss long-term benefits and costs, regulatory requirements, and new techniques for treatment and retrofits. Featured speakers include The Center for Watershed Protection and NCSU Stormwater Engineering, sponsored by the Pigeon River Fund.

The Friends of the River Awards Banquet will be held on October 14, beginning at 6 pm with a special keynote address by Stephanie Brown, Executive Director of Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please come out to show your appreciation to the award winners for their contributions to the preservation and improvement of the French Broad RIver.

Register online for one or both events at www.forWNC.org.

Mountain Area Caregvier Education Conference

alz logoOctober 23, 2014
Biltmore Baptist Church
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8 am - 2 pm

The Caregiver Education Conference focuses on providing family and professional caregivers with new, innovative information and caregiving techniques. The interactive sessions, motivating speakers, and innovative ideas focus on the many facets of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving, research, communication, life-enhancing activities and person-centered care.

Registration Fees:
$10 Family Caregivers
$25 Professionals / CE hours

Continuing Education: Continuing education hours (total of 5.5 credit hours) will be available for social workers, CNA’s, adult care home staff and nursing home administrators. No partial credits will be given.

Register here or download the Conference Brochure.

Sponsorship Opportunities

AARP Smart Driver Course

November 14, 2014
Land of Sky Regional Council
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12 - 4:30 pm

Steer into AARP Smart Driving Class. Land of Sky Regional Council is hosting the AARP Driver Safety Program on Friday, November 14th, 2014. AARP developed this classroom refresher to help drivers 50 and older hone their skills and prevent accidents. It covers age-related physical changes in perception and reaction time, rules of the road, and tips on dealing with aggressive drivers. An AARP-certified driving instructor presents the course, which includes group discussion and video. AARP issues a certificate to each participant on completion of the course.

How to Register
Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required please contact Janice Payne at 828-251-6622 or janice@landofsky.org. Class is limited to 12 people. Registration deadline is Monday, November 10th.

AARP offers classes throughout the year. For a full listing of dates and locations go to