Free Education Series on Alzheimer’s And Caregiver Issues

By: Alzheimer's Association Last Updated: October 23, 2009

The Alzheimer’s Association and St. Anthony Medical Center are sponsoring a free, four-part Alzheimer’s education series entitled Community Conversations. The programs will be held in the Marion Education Center on the campus of St. Anthony Medical Center, 1201 S. Main Street on consecutive Mondays in Nov. at 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 9
“Know the 10 Signs” will cover many of the causes of memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease and different types of dementia. This program is being presented in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association national promotion for early detection/early diagnosis.

Nov. 16
“Making Life Decisions” will provide information on the financial and legal issues that can arise with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Elder Law Attorney, Alissa Kohlhoff, will present this program.

Nov. 23
“Becoming an Expert Caregiver” will provide you with simple techniques on handling things like challenging behaviors, preventing wandering and activities of daily life such as bathing, dressing, toileting and eating.

Nov. 30
“Aging Safely in the Home” will help you to effectively evaluate your environment, to avoid injury, wandering, and increase safety at your home.

In addition, a free “Virtual Dementia Tour” will held before every session of the Community Conversations series, from 3:30 to 4:30, provided by Franciscan Adult Day Services. Pre-registration for the Virtual Dementia Tour is required, as space is limited for this one-on-one Tour.

Pre-registration is requested. To reserve your space or for additional information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.

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 7th leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia amount to more than $148 billion annually.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s research and support. Having awarded more than $150 million to nearly 1,300 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 about Alzheimer's disease, call 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/indiana.