Upcoming Alzheimer’s Programs Online | Local health
MAUMEE — Three upcoming online programs offered by the Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will help families identify signs of dementia in loved ones, learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, and determine ways to communicate at each stage of the disease.
“Being aware of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is important because many people living with Alzheimer’s disease go undiagnosed,” said Pam Myers, program director for the chapter. Northwest Ohio from the Alzheimer’s Association. “Even after a diagnosis, many families don’t know about the disease and what it involves. As dementia progresses, it can become increasingly difficult to communicate with a loved one and understand what they need. These three programs can help.
The virtual programs, offered free to the community, are:
• “10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease”, from 5 to 6 pm on Monday, February 14.
• “Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia”, from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 15.
• “Effective Communication Strategies”, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 17.
These programs will be presented on Zoom. Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 and provide an email address. Instructions on how to join the webinars will be emailed to registrants.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. During “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” participants will learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory problems; the importance of early detection and the benefits of diagnosis; and possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process.
Alzheimer’s disease is not part of normal aging. Join ‘Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia’ to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease; the difference between Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and normal aging; disease stages and risk factors; current research and available treatments for certain symptoms; and resources from the Alzheimer’s Association.
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, their forms of communication change and they come to rely more on attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and language. bodily as his ability to use words is lost. “Effective Communication Strategies” teaches families how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, as well as strategies to help them connect and communicate through each stage of the disease.
“Early diagnosis can improve the quality of care and quality of life for someone with dementia, and it can reduce the financial and emotional impact of the disease,” Myers said. “Join us to learn practical tools and access information and support that can help your family along this journey.”
Those concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at 419-537-1999 to schedule a care consultation and be connected to resources. locals who can help.