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August 13, 2013

Alzheimer's Association to offer free three-part series on "Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Middle-Stage"

CONNERSVILLE - The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host a free three-part series, “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle-Stage,” on Wednesdays with part one on Aug.14, part two on Aug. 21 and part three on Aug. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The programs will be held at the Fayette County Public Library, located at 828 N. Grand Avenue in Connersville. There is no fee to attend the sessions, but registration is requested by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services.

The “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle-Stage” program will discuss the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. Attendees will learn about the relationship changes that occur in the middle stage. Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care will be discussed as well as effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from those directly affected by the disease.

Today, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 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 $300 million to more than 2,100 scientists, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, please visit www.alz.org/indiana.

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