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Dr. Macie P. Smith, EdD, LSW, C-SWCM Arnold School of Public Health

Living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Preserving Quality of

These workshops will educate individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias and teach strategies on positively interacting with them.

10:00 – Noon, Saturdays Richland Library Northeast

  • November 2 Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Recognizing signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias
  • November 9 Communication and Behavioral Issues of Someone Living with Dementia
  • Presented by Dr. Macie Smith, Dementia Dialogues Instructor, USC Arnold School of Public Health


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