Alzheimer's Association offers support

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Published on April 06, 2011 with No Comments

Every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., caregivers will gather together for the Alzheimer’s Association’s support group. Facilitated by Judy Cramer, a trained leader, the group meets at the Porter Memorial Hospital Education and Rehabilitation Center, 1401 Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso.
This Alzheimer’s Association support group meets monthly to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer’s disease. During the meetings, caregivers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support and exchange coping experiences and strategies. Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional or family member.
“It’s important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia caregiving. Support groups are a great way to meet other caregivers for advice and support,” Amanda Janz, information and referral coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, said.
Today, approximately 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, making Alzheimer’s disease the sixth leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia amount to more than $172 billion annually.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. Having awarded more than $265 million to nearly 1,800 research projects, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
There is no cost or commitment for caregivers to attend any of the support groups offered through the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information or for a full listing of all of the Greater Indiana Chapter’s support groups, visit www.alz.org/indiana, or call the helpline at 800-272-3900.

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