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Living Your Best Life Speaker Series: When Your Past Becomes Your Future


Mon 10 / 25 / 2021
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM


St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport - Supply Road, Room A, Southport, NC 28461

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Open to all

Limited Capacity: 121 spots available


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Session Description:  This session will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. You’ll learn the importance of capturing the life background information of the Alzheimer patient and how to use it to reduce stress of daily living activities, as well as techniques to identify challenging behaviors and how best to handle them. You’ll also learn about cognitive appropriate activities for physical, mental and social stimulation, as well as the value of music therapy.

Speaker:  Ann LaReau, Certified Dementia Practitioner

Ann LaReau began working with persons with Alzheimer’s 30 years ago as a volunteer at an Alzheimer’s unit in Michigan where she served as the Vice President of Community Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. After moving to Wilmington, Ann became a trained CNA and Activity Director while working on the fundraising effort to build the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center.

Working with the elderly is Ann’s passion. She is trained to provide Alzheimer’s care by the NC Alzheimer’s Association and is certified by Teepa Snow of Alzheimer’s NC to teach the course issuing CEUs. She conducts training classes to professionals and family members caring for those with Alzheimer’s, facilitates Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings, is one of only three persons in the area accredited to present the Virtual Dementia Tour – another teaching tool – and is certified to provide training for family members of those with Alzheimer’s. In 2018, Ann earned the credential as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. For more information, visit

The program will run from 3:00pm to 4:30pm with a question and answer session included. Please plan to arrive for the program a few minutes early such that the program can begin on time.

Please register for this event on this site by clicking on the Registration button, or via the Help Desk at (910)250-8388. Registration closes the week before the event on October 20th. 

Please note that in accordance with updated CDC COVID guidelines, all attendees will be required to wear face masks at this event.