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Alzheimer's Education Classes Announced for June

A local health organization is offering a series of classes for families who have a loved one struggling with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.

Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association offers family education programs across Wisconsin that covers topics from legal and financial planning to early detection. Kathy Davies is the program and advocacy director and says they’re offering 60 classes for the month of June. She highlights a few…

“…We have a caregiver’s stress workshop as well. A couple others that are coming to light are effective communication strategies to help you communicate better with your loved one as a caregiver. We have a program called “The Basics.” It really is a good overview of the disease process and all of the issues that a caregiver may face as a loved one moves through the various stages of the disease…”

Davies says each program is presented by an Alzheimer’s Association staff member or trained community volunteer. She says the programs are designed to answer questions people may have about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, but it’s also a support group for caregivers….

“…They really are to educate and bring awareness to the prevalence to this disease. We believe that if a caregiver is educated about the disease process and educated about different care strategies, they’ll be able to take better care of their loved one for longer period of time safely in their home.”

The first class to be held in the Northwoods is June 8 at the Lac du Flambeau Wellness Center. Other class locations will be at the Crandon and Antigo Public Libraries, Vilas County Commission on Aging and the Oneida County Senior Center.

All programs are free and open to the public. For class times, location and registration visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website

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