The Alzheimer Association’s Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter and Edgewood Healthcare will unveil a series of virtual programs designed to provide insight into Alzheimer’s and dementia from May to July 2021. The educational series “Six Million Reasons” is open to everyone and will also be presented on Wednesdays in spring and summer.
“Edgewood is proud and honored to work with our friends and leading Alzheimer’s and dementia experts in the Alzheimer’s Association,” said Robert Ford, Jr., President of Edgewood. “With over 6 million Americans currently suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, we have 6 million reasons to keep the fight going. Now, more than ever, we need to educate our communities about the early warning signs of the disease and make sure they know where to get help and how to join us in the fight against Alzheimer’s. “
The six-part series will cover a variety of topics including understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia behaviors, effective communication strategies, and brain health.
According to Heidi Haley-Franklin, vice president of programs for the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, this series will feature Alzheimer’s education and awareness specialists, health care providers who provide services, and caregivers who help family members with their needs support, presented. “We are excited to partner with Edgewood to offer these presentations, which have proven so helpful to individuals and their families affected by Alzheimer’s,” she said. “We know firsthand how important dementia education is and how resources are made available for risk reduction as well as for early detection and diagnosis.”
The virtual series will be presented on selected Wednesdays on Zoom, 12: 00-13: 00 CDT. You can register online at the following address: https://mailchi.mp/edgewoodhealthcare/alzheimerseventseries or by phone at: 701-330-2626.
The full list of scheduled dates and topics includes:
May 26th Ten warning signs
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking, and behavior that affect daily life. Learn about common Alzheimer’s warning signs and what symptoms you and others should be aware of. Find out about the importance and benefits of early detection from health care providers.
May 26th Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Learn about the effects of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; Stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.
June 9th Healthy life for the brain and body
Learn about research on nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use practical tools to incorporate them into a healthy aging plan.
June 23rd dementia talks
This program offers tips on how to break the ice with your family and loved ones to resolve some of the most common problems that are difficult to discuss: see your doctor for diagnosis or medical treatment, decide when You should stop driving and make legal and financial plans for future care.
July 7th Effective communication strategies
As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress their journey and lose the ability to use words, families need new ways to connect. This presentation will examine how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease, decipher the verbal and behavioral messages of people with dementia, and identify strategies for communication at each stage of the disease. This session will also include a group of supervisors.
July 21st Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and one of the most important ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Learn how to decipher behavioral messages, identify common behavioral triggers, and use strategies to address some of the most common behavioral challenges in Alzheimer’s disease.
About Edgewood Healthcare:
Edgewood is home to over 3,000 well-trained employees in over 60 communities in 7 states designed for more than 4,500 residents to receive a variety of living and health options. Edgewood Healthcare offers independent living, assisted living, memory maintenance, and health services such as family physicians, therapy, home health, and hospice in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho. Edgewood has been a leading senior residential community operator in the Upper Midwest since 1992, offering a range of housing options coupled with unique in-house support services such as restorative therapy, personal attention and wellness programs.
About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading healthcare organization in the care, support, and research of Alzheimer’s disease. Their mission is to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease by advancing research, providing and improving care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia by promoting brain health. The association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Free care and support programs are available, including care counseling, support groups, a 24/7 hotline: 800-272-3900, and resources at alz.org.
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