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Alzheimer’s community education planned

Sep 20, 2017

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering two free educational classes for the general public the afternoon of Sept. 28 in Ottumwa.

The first class is 1-2:30 p.m. at Hospice Serving Davis & Wapello Counties. It will cover the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia, how these diseases compare with normal aging, how they are diagnosed and treated and what to do if the warning signs are seen.

The second class is 2:45-4:15 p.m. at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. It will cover the essential steps of caring for someone who is diagnosed with a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s.

“We offer these classes routinely throughout our chapter territory to give those with concerns, particularly those newly diagnosed and their families, the information and support they need to begin the arduous journey of living with a disease which, as yet, has no medical cure,” said spokesperson and class facilitator Jerry Schroeder. “Education and being connected to a community of caring people are key to the happiness and well-being of those diagnosed.”

Both classes are suited for the general public, family and professional caregivers, or for anyone with an interest

Advanced registration is required. Register by calling 800-272-3900 or going online to www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events.

For more information, contact Schroeder at 563-293-8056 or jschroeder@alz.org.

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