The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free education program on how communication helps families facing dementia. This program is being presented March 14 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Highland County Senior Center, 185 Muntz Street, Hillsboro.

Effective Communication Strategies is a program provided by the Alzheimer’s Association that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of the workshop, attendees should be able to better understand the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease; decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person as well as identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to family and friends. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

If you are interested in attending or have questions, call 1-800-272-3900, the Alzheimer’s 24-hour helpline.