Free educational series on Alzheimer’s offered in June

Alzheimer’s disease presents many questions for caregivers and families. The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati will sponsor an educational series to help answer many of those questions beginning on Tuesday, June 4.

What Families Need to Know…When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias is an education series designed for family, friends and caregivers of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The series will be held at Clermont Mercy Hospital (3000 Hospital Drive) in Batavia Tuesday, June 4 and continue for the next three Tuesdays in June. The program will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This program will provide a better understanding of behavior and personality changes, ways to improve communication and strategies for coping with the daily challenges of caring for an individual with memory impairment. Participants of this free four-part family education series will receive important information on care options, available community services and legal and financial planning from experts in each respective field.

“Caring for someone with memory loss is perhaps one of the biggest challenges a person can face. Learning more today can help you to prepare for the future, meet the challenges of giving care and identify various available community services that may be helpful,” said Anne Von Hoene, Director of Programs and Services for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. “This is a special opportunity for families to learn about dementia, discuss caregiving challenges and ask questions in an informal setting.”

Goals for the participants include:

• Developing a better understanding of medical aspects of dementia

• Receiving important information related to legal and financial planning

• Obtaining strategies for coping with daily challenges of caring for an individual with memory impairment

• Identifying various available community services that may be helpful now and in the future

Various programs and services are funded in part by the Ohio Department of Aging through the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. All services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry.

For more information on the program or Alzheimer’s Association services available to families, contact 1-800-272-3900.

The program is offered free of charge but reservations must be made in advance by calling the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati at (513) 721-4284 or 1-800-272-3900.