Alzheimer’s Confident Caregiver series being offered in Montgomery County


CENTERVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter will be offering a series of three educational programs for Alzheimer’s caregivers, designed to provide caregivers with a broad overview of topics.

Starting Jan. 30, the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting classes for three consecutive Thursdays at Years Ahead, located at 6661 Clyo Road, Centerville. All sessions are free, and individuals can sign up for one or any combination of classes. The classes are as follows:

• Thursday, Jan. 30: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia provides information about causes, risk factors, stages of the disease and treatment. This session is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 6: Communication and Behaviors teaches people how to understand communication barriers and how to identify common behavior triggers for someone with dementia. This session is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 13: Legal and Financial Planning teaches participants what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put a plan in place. This session is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Those interested are encouraged to attend one, two or all three sessions.

More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In the Miami Valley, 90,000 family and friends are caregivers for 30,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. If you need immediate help, call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. To RSVP for the classes, visit alz.org/Dayton or call the Helpline phone number.