Alzheimer’s disease poses many questions for caregivers and families. An upcoming program at the Adams County Regional Medical Center, 230 Medical Center Drive, Seaman, will answer many of those questions.

What Families Need to Know When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementia is an education series for family, friends and caregivers. Caring for someone with memory loss is perhaps one of the biggest commitments a person can face. Learning more today can help you to prepare for the future, meet the challenges of giving care and identify various available community services that may be helpful. This is a special opportunity for families to learn about dementia, discuss caregiving challenges and ask questions in an informal setting.

The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 and 20 at the medical center from noon-4 p.m. The sessions are free, but pre-registration is required by calling 800-272-3900.

Melissa Dever, BSW, LSW will present on the nature and progression of the disease, understanding changes in communication and behavior at the first session. Dever resides in Vinton County and is the Southeastern Ohio Branch Program Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter. She has been working with the geriatric population and their families for 20 years.

During the second session, Dever will present information on financial planning, legal planning, caregiver coping strategies and community resources.

This program will provide a better understanding of behavior and personality changes, ways to improve communication and strategies for coping with the daily challenges of caring for an individual with memory impairment. Participants of this free two-part family education series will receive important information on care options, available community services and legal and financial planning.

Goals for the participants include:

Developing a better understanding of medical aspects of dementia;

Receiving important information related to legal and financial planning;

Obtaining strategies for coping with daily challenges of caring for an individual with memory impairment; and

Identifying various available community services that may be helpful now and in the future.

Now is the time to develop a support network that includes family, friends and the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Greater Cincinnati Chapter Southeastern Ohio branch office serves Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Scioto and Vinton counties. Clinical staff of nurses and social workers are available to assist families during the major transition periods and with planning for important future care needs. Free programs and services include family care consultations, family support groups and a 24/7 helpline (1-800-272-3900) that offers information, community referrals and supportive counseling.

To register and obtain more information on the program or Alzheimer’s Association services available to families, contact Melissa Dever, LSW, Southeastern Ohio Branch Program Manager, at (800) 272-3900.

Various programs and services are funded in part by the Ohio Department of Aging through the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio and the Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. All services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin or ancestry.