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Free Alzheimer's workshop to be held at DeWees Center

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a free workshop in Lompoc for anyone who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The workshop is titled “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.” It will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave.

Among the topics planned to be covered will be:

  • Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia;
  • How Alzheimer’s affects the brain;
  • Causes and risk factors;
  • How to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease;
  • The benefits of early detection;
  • How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Stages of the disease;
  • Treatment;
  • Hope for the future; and
  • Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

Through the Alzheimer’s Association’s national network of chapters, it offers a broad range of programs and services for people with the disease, their families and caregivers and represents their interests on Alzheimer’s-related issues before federal, state and local governments and with health and long-term care providers.

To find out about other dates and locations for classes, call the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter at 636-6432.

Santa Barbara County

Registration underway for HEAL Summit

Registration is now being taken for the 2017 Healthy Eating Active Living Summit to be held Nov. 7 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road in Buellton.

Those who attend the event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will hear from leaders, policy specialists and program managers about how they see their work as part of the larger HEAL movement.

The summit is open to anyone with an interest or stake in health and human services, food services, businesses, schools, parks and recreation programs and local government, an event spokesman said.

“Sometimes making healthy choices is not easy — such as being physically active when you do not have access to sidewalks or safe parks, or eating right when healthy foods are not available or are too expensive,” the spokesman said.

“From informed planning to the design of individual buildings and landscapes, creating communities that support healthy living requires multisector collaboration.”

A few of the 13 topics and their presenters include:

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• “Leveraging the Power of Employee Engagement in Employee Wellness Programs” by Tina Gallegos, from the city of San Pablo;

• “Bridging the Gap between Climate Action Plans and Community Health Goals” by Mindy Fogg, of Santa Barbara County, and Shelley Saitowitz, of San Diego County;

• “Parks as Community Systems: The Complete Parks Framework” by Benita Tsao of ChangeLab Solutions;

• “Safe Routes to Schools” by Alfred Mata of Public Health Advocates; and,

• “The Intersection of Green Building, Land Use, and Human & Environmental Health” by Aeron Arlin Genet, of Santa Barbara County.

The $50 fee includes materials and lunch.

For more information and to register, visit