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While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans, including 150,000 Georgia residents, living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is offering free virtual education programs in the coming weeks to help all Georgia caregivers and their families. The Alzheimer's Association offers a number of education programs that can help those going through Alzheimer’s and their families understand what to expect so they can be prepared to meet the changes ahead and live well for as long as possible.
“During this challenging time, we want all Georgians who are going through the journey of Alzheimer’s to receive free education even if it’s from their living room,” said Linda Davidson, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “The Alzheimer’s Association remains committed to doing our part to provide much-needed access to education and other resources while we are all in this crisis.”
Each virtual education program is approximately one hour and allows the audience to ask questions and engage with others going through the journey online. Individuals can register at alz.org/crf.
Current schedule of virtual education programs:
• 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: April 8 at 11 a.m.
• Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: April 13 at 2 p.m.
• Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: April 16 at 1 p.m.
• Effective Communication Strategies: April 20 at 11 a.m.
• Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: April 22 at 11 a.m.
In addition to the virtual education classes, the Alzheimer’s Association offers online community resources at alz.org including ALZConnected, a free online community where people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, family and friends can ask questions, get advice and find support.
More than 16 million family and friends, including 540,000 in Georgia, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer's or other dementias in the United States. To help family caregivers navigate the current complex and quickly changing environment, the Alzheimer’s Association has also offered additional guidance to families at alz.org/COVID19.
For more information, visit alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.