Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association program to explain basics of disease, dementia

March 20, 2019 | UToday
By Staff

In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers. The disease is a global crisis that impacts numerous families right here in our community. However, no one has to face this disease alone or without information.

The Alzheimer’s Association, in collaboration with Healthy U, is offering an educational program covering the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia. These presentations on The University of Toledo’s Main and Health Science campuses will provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis, as well as those who wish to be informed.

The Main Campus program will be held Wednesday, March 27, in Carlson Library Room 1005 from noon to 1 p.m.

The Health Science Campus program will take place Thursday, March 28, in Collier Building Room 2409 from noon to 1 p.m.

The free one-hour “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” program will:

• Explore the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia;

• Examine what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s;

• Detail the risk factors of the disease and its three general stages;

• Identify FDA-approved treatments available to treat some symptoms;

• Look ahead to what’s on the horizon for Alzheimer’s research; and

• Offer helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

“This program is extremely vital to offer to the University community,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator. “We want to help educate, so that individuals can recognize signs and symptoms and know there is support out there for those diagnosed, as well as caregivers.”

The University of Toledo’s free employee assistance program, IMPACT Solutions, also provides various resources for caregivers such as caregiver support, adult care services, and grief and loss assistance. Visit the IMPACT Solutions website and use UT as the username; caregiver resources are under the relationships icon.

For more information, visit the Healthy U website.

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