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Alzheimer's Community Education

The Alzheimer's Association is offering two free community educational programs on Wednesday afternoon, March 1st, at Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, in Conference Room 1 A/B.

The first class, "Caring for People With Dementia", 1:00-2:30 pm, is an overview of the seven essential components caregivers need to address when caring for a person with dementia. The second class, "Communication and Behaviors", 2:45-4:15 pm, is an intensive look at effective communication techniques and ways to understand and respond to dementia related behaviors.

Alzheimer's Association spokesperson and class facilitator Jerry Schroeder, MSSW, said, "These classes give caregivers and those with an interest in Alzheimer's and related illnesses an excellent look at some of the fundamental challenges facing caregivers. But the classes also introduce caregivers to a community of others who are facing similar challenges. Caring for someone with dementia is very difficult. Becoming informed and making connections dramatically eases the burdens."

Advanced registration is required for each class separately by calling 1-800-272-3900. Or, to register online visit www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer's Association Programs and Events.

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

About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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