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St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Faith Community Nursing Conference Focuses on Memory Loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Aug. 20, 2013) – A forgotten name. A missed appointment. A wrong turn on a frequently traveled road. Everyone suffers from forgetfulness at times. But as memory lapses become more frequent, that can lead to stress, anxiety and anger. St. Anthony’s Faith Community Nursing team wants to give patients and caregivers the tools they need to handle memory disorders during a day-long conference, Coping With Memory Loss: A Journey, on Friday, Sept. 20.

The free conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St. S, St. Petersburg.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that one in eight Americans over the age of 60 suffer from some type of memory loss. Of those, one-third said that the memory loss interfered with work, social activities and even their ability to do household chores.

“We want those who suffer from memory problems to get a proper diagnosis, and for their relatives and caregivers to understand the many faces of memory loss,” said Dr. Veronica Clement, PhD, a Suncoast Medical Clinic neuropsychologist who will be keynote speaker. “From forgetfulness to the various stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, so many people are struggling with these disorders. The first steps in coping with memory loss include understanding information on what is normal as we age and finding what help is out there.”

In addition to Dr. Clement, Dr. Robert Glueckauf, Florida State University School of Medicine, is scheduled to speak on Tools for Caregivers. There also will be a panel discussion featuring experts in legal, spiritual and patient issues. 

Health care vendors also will present memory loss resources and Creative Clay will offer creative interventions to help keep patients engaged. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Faith Community Nursing also is applying for continuing education credits for health care providers.

For information and to register, call (727) 953-6898, send an email to, or visit

About Faith Community Nursing
Faith Community Nursing, which has been a part of St. Anthony’s Hospital since 1991, assists faith communities in developing health ministries that compassionately and effectively address the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of individuals within the congregation. Faith Community Nursing promotes health and healing practices from a faith perspective by encouraging healthy lifestyles and helping people understand the relationship between lifestyle, faith and well-being.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard  McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. St. Anthony’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in Pinellas County to have both the full Heart Failure Accreditation and the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the web at


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