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Alzheimer’s Community Education

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 at Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, 6th Floor Boardroom, on Friday afternoon, September 9th.

Two classes will be presented, back-to-back. The first class, "The Basics", 1:00-2:30 pm, 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, 3:00-4:30 pm, "Communication Tips & Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors", 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.

Association spokesperson and class facilitator Jerry Schroeder adds, "These classes are essential for anyone whose life is impacted by Alzheimer's or a related illness. This is state-of-the-art information designed to help people diagnosed with dementia live safe and happy lives by giving them and their caregivers critical information and invaluable skills."

Those interested are encouraged to attend both classes, but may attend one or the other. Advance 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 563-324-1022, ext. 8212, 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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