Dementia

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ONTARIO – The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will hold an educational program on the topic of dementia related behavior for families and community members impacted by the disease.

The hour-long event will be at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Area Agency on Aging, Hawkins Building, 2131 Park Ave, West, Ontario.

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.

To help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond, the Alzheimer’s Association offers the Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior program. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

· Identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia.

· Explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors.

· List strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.

Through practical information, resources, and interviews with experts, this program will help caregivers to address the challenges of dementia-related behavior.

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“Learning how to interpret messages and understand what may trigger certain behaviors can really make a difference not only for the person living with the disease, but also for their caregivers,” says Pam Myers, Program Director of the Chapter.

Please 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.