Alzheimer’s Association to Host Free Session on the Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease

AlzheimersAssociation“Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” - a free workshop on Alzheimer’s disease, will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Portage Township YMCA in Portage. The session is free to the public, but registration is requested by contacting the Association at 800-272-3900. The YMCA is located at 3100 Willowcreek Road.

This program is designed to provide the basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean. Typical aging versus problematic memory changes will be covered as well as descriptions of the various causes of dementia. An overview of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors, and information on obtaining a diagnosis will also be covered. Today, approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, making Alzheimer’s disease the 6th leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia amount to more than $200 billion annually.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. Having awarded more than $292 million to over 2,000 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. For more information, please visit