Cypress Place to host dementia 101 seminar and support group

Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S. Gerontolgy, will be the guest speaker for the Dementia 101 seminar. Photo by Michael Gordon

In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for a Dementia 101 Seminar – “Exciting Breakthroughs & Practical Tips”. Guest speaker for the seminar will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology. Featherston is a geriatric care consultant with New Hope Senior Services.

A variety of important topics regarding Dementia will be covered including: who can get it, how they get it, what to expect, practical tips and strategies for everyday use, and information on exciting breakthrough research and what it means for you. Join us for this important presentation by a specialist and learn vital information for loved ones and those you care for.

“My husband was diagnosed at age twenty eight with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, in which the end result is dementia,” said Featherston. “The problem was this was not documented until much later, so I received little help from doctors at the time,” she said.

It was a long and difficult journey, in which Featherston became depressed, worn out, and desperate for doing something to help. She finally hired a caregiver and went back to school in 2006, and graduated in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Gerontology.

“I worked at the Alzheimer’s Association for eight years where I counseled caregivers, taught classes, spoke to civic and other groups, and ran several support groups, “ said Featherston. “I was able to give my knowledge of caregiving to those who were caregiving for someone with dementia related diseases.”

The free Dementia 101 seminar takes place from 10a.m. to 11:30a.m. on Saturday October 14, at Cypress Place Senior Living and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so please call to reserve a seat.

The senior community also offers an ongoing Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group. The support group meetings are held from 9:30a.m. to 11a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura. The support group meetings are free and open to the public and are also led by Featherston. Seating is limited so please call to reserve a seat.

Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura. For more information or to RSVP, please call 650-8000.

This safe, loving environment offers residents a continuum of care through life’s transitions. Amenities include three meals daily, weekly housekeeping, transportation, activities, utilities, as well as personal caregivers and laundry service in the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.

To learn more about Cypress Place Senior Living of Ventura, visit their web site at

To learn more about New Hope Senior Services visit their web site at


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