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BUCYRUS – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will host an educational program on the topic of effective communication strategies for families, friends and anyone impacted by the disease.

The hour-long event will be at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Carlisle Place, 1721 Whetstone Blvd., Bucyrus.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association® that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of the program, attendees will be able to:

-Explain communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease.

-Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person.

-Identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Effective Communication Strategies includes video interviews with professionals who explain critical aspects of communication throughout the Alzheimer’s journey, and caregivers who share tips that have worked for their families.

“Holding a conversation with our loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge,” says Pam Myers, Program Director of the Chapter. “This program provides many suggestions and tips on how to enjoy your time with them versus being angry and frustrated”.

Those interested should register online at alz.org/nwohio or call 1-800-272-3900.

In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

About the Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, call 1.800.272.3900, or visit alz.org.

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