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Brooksville Regional Hospital recognizing Dementia Awareness Day
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Brooksville Regional Hospital recognizing Dementia Awareness Day

Brooksville, FL -- On September 21, Dementia Awareness Day (DAD),  Brooksville Regional Hospital will host an open house from 10:00am to 4:00pm celebrating the implementation of The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program, and to build awareness in the community. 

Brooksville Regional Hospital is the first hospital in the country to run the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program. The program starts with identifying, upon admittance, patients with dementia by using a quick assessment tool. If the patient is determined to have signs of dementia or a pre-diagnosis, a special sticker with the international logo of dementia known as the Purple Angel, will be placed on their wristband as well as magnet on the door. This alerts all caregivers that they may need to use a different approach with this patient.

The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Program was founded by author, Gary Joseph LeBlanc. LeBlanc’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the cause of 70% of all dementias. Leblanc was the sole caregiver of his ailing father for 10 years. He has great insight to the disease and recognized a tremendous need not only for awareness, but for training and education as well.  As a result he developed this comprehensive program to help everyone involved; the patient, the caregiver(s), doctors, nurses and the family, when a dementia patient is admitted to a hospital.

Open house attendees are also invited to a Virtual Dementia Tour. A specially designed room simulating what persons with dementia might experience when taken from their normal environment.  The room is designed to give others a sense of empathy and a greater understanding for what it is like to live with dementia and is hosted by Arden Courts 

Additionally, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association will be on hand to answer questions and direct people to where they can find help and/or assistance for loved ones with dementia. 

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