United Way's Semi-Annual Dementia Care Seminar: Spring 2024

Monday, February 2, 2024

Angie B. Walasek, CEO Angie@UnitedWayHernando.org
Justine Peppe, CID Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org   


Dementia Care Seminar Designed for Caregivers
United Way Hernando Hosts Semi-Annual Event in March


Hernando County, FL – United Way of Hernando County will be hosting their Semi-Annual Dementia Care Seminar on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Xavier Hall5030 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609. This free seminar is for families and caregivers focusing on loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. This highly anticipated community event typically takes place once a year in the fall, however, due to the high demand for caregiver support services, United Way of Hernando will now host their Dementia Care Seminar twice a year to ensure that resources and support is provided for families living and caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.


Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, and this seminar aims to provide caregivers with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to navigate this journey. Whether you are a family member, friend, or professional caregiver, this seminar is designed to equip you with valuable insights and strategies to enhance the quality of care for individuals living with dementia.


Thanks to United Way’s Partners in Health, HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital and Oak Hill Senior Living, a free breakfast and lunch will be provided. United Way encourages caregivers to join us and hear from a lineup of expert speakers who will cover a wide range of topics, including understanding dementia, effective communication techniques, managing challenging behaviors, self-care for caregivers, and accessing community resources. Guest speakers will include: Gary Joseph Leblanc, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, focusing on Dementia Education; Dr. Lauren Dedea, M.D., Dedea M.D Family Medicine, focusing on Primary Care; Christian Smith, Mortellaro Law, focusing on Estate Planning. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions, ask questions, and connect with other caregivers facing similar challenges. "We understand the unique needs and demands that caregivers face when caring for someone with dementia," said Angie B. Walasek, Executive Director at United Way of Hernando County. "Our goal is to provide a supportive environment filled with health vendors where caregivers can learn, share experiences, and find the resources they need to provide the best possible care for their loved ones."


Often times, caregivers forget to care for themselves. It is important caregivers of all ages have a community behind them reminding them they are not alone.


This seminar is open to all caregivers in the community and is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. However, pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Attendees must RSVP to reserve their spot by visiting www.UnitedWayHernando.org/dementia-spring2024, calling the UW office at

352-688-2026, or by emailing Care@UnitedWayHernando.org. On-site respite care will be provided at this event by Always Near Home Care (please indicate your need when registering).


This health initiative is proudly supported by United Way of Hernando County, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Oak Hill Senior Living, and HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital.



United Way of Hernando County, Inc.:
United Way of Hernando County (UWHC) was established as a 501c3 organization in 1987, and since then has continuously focused on creating partnerships and mobilizing our community to seek sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing local needs.  UWHC strategically allocates Community Investment Funds in Health, Education, & Financial Stability programs with proven results and local impact. UWHC works hard to balance the growing demand for basic services such as food, utilities, and rent assistance, with our ongoing commitment to tackling the underlying causes of complex issues. United Way partners with businesses and organizations that share our vision for improving lives through the power of collective impact and working together. Our support for long-term commitments are essential to addressing key social issues, such as helping children, youth, adults & elders, encouraging health and wellness, including physical and emotional care, promoting financial stability and self-sufficiency, and crisis intervention. For more information on how YOU can LIVE UNITED, visit www.UnitedWayHernando.org.