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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 7, 2016

Alzheimer’s offering free classes

Oct 06, 2016

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering free community education for persons newly diagnosed, family and professional caregivers, or anyone with an interest in caring for people with dementia.

The two classes, presented back-to-back, will be Oct. 13 at at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Conference Room D, in Ottumwa.

The first class, “The Basics,” is 1-2:30 p.m. It is a primary introduction to Alzheimer’s and related diseases. It explores how dementia differs from normal aging and how memory diseases are diagnosed and treated.

The second class, “Communication Tips & Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors,” is 3-4:30 p.m​. It is an ​intense exploration of how to live with and care for someone with dementia with an emphasis on practical and effective communication principles, and understanding and knowing how to respond to dementia-related behaviors, such as wandering, confusion, repetition, irritability, and so forth.

“Nothing is more important to caregivers than developing effective communication strategies and methods for keeping the ones they love, those with dementia, safe and happy,” said association spokesperson and class facilitator Jerry Schroeder. “These classes offer practical ideas and suggestions on how to endure the long, difficult journey of caring for those whose lives are permanently changed by Alzheimer’s or related diseases.”

Those interested are encouraged to attend both classes, but can attend one or the other.

Advanced registration is required for each class separately. Call 800-272-3900 or go online to www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events.

For more information, contact Schroeder at 563-324-1022, ext. 8212 or jschroeder@alz.org.

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