Dementia Forum for Families and Caregivers | Spring Hill UMC | Feb. 19

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Spring Hill United Methodist Church will host a Forum on Dementia on February 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The forum is open to the public and is designed to offer clinical guidance and education for patients who suffer from dementia and cognitive related deficits as well as their families and caregivers. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to be involved in a question and answer session with Dr. David Hutchings, a national specialist in the area of neuropathology and dementia.

Dementia is described as a group of conditions that impact thinking, memory, reasoning, language and overall function. Although approximately 70-percent of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s Dementia, there are many other forms of dementia and a multitude of challenges that can develop.

“Unfortunately, as dementia progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the symptoms and make clinical decisions while preserving quality of life,” Hutchings said. “Research has mainly focused on dementia prevention and etiology while limited resources are available for those who have the condition. We are hosting this forum to hopefully provide a much needed resource for these patients, their families and caregivers. Our goals are to increase education on the condition and provide help in managing the symptoms in an effort to preserve quality of life to the greatest extent possible.”

Dr. David T. Hutchings is the Vice President of Therapy Services at Stonerise Healthcare where he oversees the company’s physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology services. He is a board certified, licensed geriatric speech and language pathologist who specializes in geriatric dysphagia and neuropathology. Dr. Hutchings has delivered multiple keynote addresses and lectures on geriatric swallowing disorders and dementia. His audiences have included state and national organizations and academic institutions such as Duke University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has also been recognized in numerous peer-reviewed journals and in 2013 he developed clinical education articles on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for CNN. Dr. Hutchings has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree from the University of Central Missouri. He completed his doctorate in speech pathology and neuropathology at Nova Southeastern University. He has experience in dementia evaluation and treatment, modified barium swallowing studies, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and endoscopic examinations. Dr. Hutchings is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Spring Hill United Methodist Church is located at 5286 Main Street in Spring Hill (on the corner of Duplex Road and Hwy 31). For more information about the Forum on Dementia, call the church office at (931) 486-2806 or send an e-mail to: shmethodistchurch@charter.net.