The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting several free education programs at Kosciusko Community Senior Services, located at 800 N. Park Ave., Warsaw.
The Association will host “Know the 10 Signs” from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 16. This is an introductory program that provides attendees with an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if they or someone they know has signs of the disease. Attendees will view video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 23. This program is designed to educate attendees about the difference between normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. The program also features video clips of doctors, patients and loved ones who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 30. This program is designed to help attendees talk with their entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
There are no fees to attend these programs, but registration is requested by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 100,000 Hoosiers. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.