10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s – a free May webinar

Posted on 04/09/21 by Jeremiah Mora

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Contact: Jim Herlihy, Marketing & Communications Director (720) 699-9286 or jherlihy@alz.org

More than 6.2 million people across the United States, including, 76,000 Coloradans, are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the only leading disease without a prevention, treatment or cure. Sadly, only about half of those people are ever diagnosed by their physician.

Without a diagnosis, the individual living with Alzheimer’s may never fully understand what they are experiencing, and loved ones will likely be confused by the changes in memory, personality and overall health that accompany the disease. And they will be unable to take advantage of available services, medications to help deal with symptoms, and resources to help families plan.

The Alzheimer’s Association is working to help families learn about the 10 common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, the benefits of a diagnosis, early detection and much more in a free webinar that will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 3 (and 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in Spanish).

“The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” is one in a series of live webinars that will be offered at no charge during the month of May. The full schedule for the month includes:

  • The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease (Learn about the 10 common warning signs, what to watch for in yourself and others, typical age-related changes, the benefits of a diagnosis, early detection and more.) – 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, May 3.
    • Conozca las 10 Senales de Alzheimer’s (En Espanol) 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27.
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia (Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the differences between Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, risk factors, current research, treatments to address some symptoms and more.) – 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior (Behavior is a powerful form of communication and one of the primary ways that people with dementia communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language declines. But these behaviors can be challenging for caregivers. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages and learn strategies to intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 7; and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20.
  • Dementia Conversations (Tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal/financial plans.) – 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 11.
  • Effective Communication Strategies (This workshop teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication from someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Develop strategies for having meaningful connection with people in differing stages of dementia.) – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 13; and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 24.
  • Advancing the Science: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research (An overview of Alzheimer’s disease science and the latest advances in research to find a prevention, treatment and cure.) – 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 13; and 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25.
  • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research (We’ve always known that the health of the brain and body are linked, but now science is able to provide insights into how we can optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.) – 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s (An interactive program where you’ll learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.
  • COVID-19 and Caregiving (Caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic adds unique challenges for caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the person living with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.) – 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 26.
  • Living with Alzheimer’s: for Caregivers – Late Stage – Part 1 of a 2-part series (In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this 2-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6.
  • Living with Alzheimer’s: for Caregivers – Late Stage – Part 2 of a 2-part series (In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this 2-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13.
  • Living with Alzheimer’s: for Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s – Part 1 of a 2-part series (When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young, does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this program to get answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20.
  • Living with Alzheimer’s: for Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s – Part 2 of a 2-part series (When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young, does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this program to get answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27.

Like all programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association, the webinars are offered at no charge, but registration is required. To register, call the free Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 800-272-3900. To learn more about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, go to www.alz.org.

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