Alzheimer’s Association offers free education and support programs

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Published on November 08, 2017 with No Comments

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter offers free education for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Topics range from the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia and how to identify the 10 warning signs to legal and financial planning and how to communicate throughout the various stages of the disease.

“Education is vital,” said Lauren Lay, Assoc. Director of Community Engagement. “Unfortunately, we do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But, we can positively impact the journey through education, care and support.”

Effective Communication Strategies will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at Valparaiso Public Library, located at 103 Jefferson St., in Valparaiso. Attendees will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help them connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

“Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3:00 p.m. at Westchester Public Library, located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., in Chesterton. Attendees will learn about some of the common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, how to assess the person’s needs and how to intervene effectively.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Diseasewill be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:00 p.m. (EST) at Pulaski County Public Library, located at 121 Riverside Dr., in Winamac. This program teaches attendees about detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

There are no fees to attend programs, but registration is requested by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. For a full listing of our education programs, visit www.alz.org/Indiana.

The Association is calling on dedicated volunteers statewide to assist in delivering education programs as Alzheimer’s Association Community Educators. Volunteers help the Association better service Indiana communities by spreading awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving tips and connecting people with valuable resources. Visit www.IndianaVolunteer@alz.org for more information on how to get involved.

Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 110,000 Hoosiers. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias amount to more than $236 billion annually.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/indiana or call 800-272-3900 for more information.

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