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Alzheimer's meeting scheduled

Friday, June 5, 2009

TERRE HAUTE -- All of the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association will be explained during a session open to the community June 23, from noon-1 p.m., at the Vigo County Public Library.

"Dealing with Alzheimer's disease can be very scary and confusing. Through this info session, we hope to share with the local community the many programs and services that the Alzheimer's Association has available to help," Family and Community Education Specialist for the Alzheimer's Association Kristi Kajewski said.

Examples of the services provided by the Alzheimer's Association include:

* 24/7 Helpline. Accessible day or night, callers can call to ask medical questions, get advice on specific topics or issues they are facing or to simply have information,

* The website. The Alzheimer's Association website offers listings of upcoming programs, ideas and advice on caregiving issues, listings of support groups and more,

* Education, which is one of the most important services available,

* MedicAlert + Safe Return. This service allows families with a loved one with Alzheimer's security from wandering, and

* Advocacy. Advocacy efforts work locally and nationally to ensure that needs of those affected are represented appropriately in all levels of government.

In addition to explaining in further detail what the association is and how is can help communities, representatives from the association will encourage attendees to ask how they can help the organization. Opportunities to give back that will be discussed include participation in the local Memory Walk, becoming a volunteer and signing up to be an advocate to make sure Alzheimer's issues are forefront for government representatives.

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