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Alzheimer's seminar to help families understand disease

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Family members of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia might find themselves in the overwhelming position of providing full-time care for their loved one.

A seminar called "What Families Need to Know...When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia," is coming to Ironton.

Sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the free, two-part seminar is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 8 and May 15, at the St. Mary's Medical Campus Ironton, 1408 Campbell Drive.

According to a news release from the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, "Caring for someone with cognitive impairment is a 24-hour a day, 7-day-a-week challenge. This series of educational sessions provides an opportunity for families to learn and share together in an informal setting. Topics are presented by experts in their fields, including physicians, nurses, social workers and attorneys."

The goals of the program are for participants to:

Develop a better understanding of medical aspects of dementia, including diagnosis, stages and treatment

Learn strategies to cope with daily challenges, such as communication, behaviors, safety and personal care

Receive information about legal and financial planning, including advance directives, Medicaid and more

Identify community services to help you now and in the future, such as respite care and long-term care

Session Topics include:

The nature and progression of the disease

Changes in communication and behavior

Legal planning for families

Family coping strategies and community resources

The program is free, but reservations must be made in advance. Contact the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 513-721-4284 or 1-800-272-3900, or visit www.alz.org/cincinnati.