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Two free classes to help people with Alzheimer’s

SPRINGVILLE—The Alzheimer’s Association Western NewYork Chapter will be hosting two free classes at the Concord Hulbert Public Library, located at 18 Chapel Street in Springville, to educate people about Dementia and Alzheimer’s and the effects it has on everyone.

The Basics: Memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s will be held on July 14 and Improving Communication in Dementia Care will be held on Sept. 8. Both classes will be held from 3-4 p.m.

In the Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s class, people will learn the differences between normal memory loss and diseases like Alzheimer’s, the diagnostic process for diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia and the changes that happen in the brain.

In Improving Communication in Dementia Care, people will learn strategies and techniques that will allow people to effectively communicate and have meaningful interactions with people that are affected by Dementia.

“A lot of people don’t realize that with dementia comes a lot more than just changes in memory loss,” said Meghan Fadel, director of education and training at the Alzheimer’s Association WNY chapter. “People experience changes in movement and changes in their ability to communicate so they have trouble getting out what they want to say and trouble understanding what others are saying to them.”

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and affects memory, thinking and behaviors. One of the things that make Alzheimer’s a serious disease is the fact that it worsens over time and can eventually affect more basic human functions like holding a conversation and responding to the environment around them.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are over five million people in the U.S. will Alzheimer’s and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. with 500,000 people dying from the disease each year and the trend is only getting worse.

“We expect the number of people to increase by the year 2050 to about 16 million,” said Fadel “We have an aging population and more people at those higher ages and it becomes more of a risk. We know its hugely impacting the Western New York community and really everyone across the country and we want to make sure we get the word out about programs and services to try and make life easier for people who are impacted by the disease.”

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are treatments for the symptoms that can temporarily slow the worsening of the disease. Throughout the world, there is an effort to find a cure and the Alzheimer’s Association does all they can to help.

With the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia growing year after year, The Alzheimer’s Association hopes that these classes can help both people with Alzheimer’s and those who care for others with Alzheimer’s make their lives easier.

“I hope people will come away with a better understanding of the disease, how it may affect them and what kind of services and programs are available right here in the Western New York community for both caregivers and people who have a diagnosis,” said Fadel.

For more information on Alzheimer’s and dementia and to find out what services are available in the area, visit alz.org/wny.
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