When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services.
“Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” is a three-session series from the Alzheimer’s Association. Presbyterian Manor will host the series of free events Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at Newton Presbyterian Manor.
“These courses are great for caregivers. Not every session is appropriate for every person. Someone in the later stages of Alzheimer’s may not want to come to the early stage course. If a loved one is just diagnosed, the caregiver may not want to come to the later stages course,” said Denise Vann, program specialist/walk manager with the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Chapter.
The first session Oct. 3 will focus on the Early Stages, followed by the Middle Stages Oct. 10 and Late Stages on Oct. 17. These classes will provide information on what to expect, how to plan, and what resources are available at each stage of the disease. You can attend one or all classes to fit your family’s situation.
“Education is power. With this disease, there’s still a lot of stigma around it. Know you’re not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association chapters out of Wichita serve 69 counties, and we’re here from A to Z – diagnosis to death,” said Vann.
Each “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” session will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Newton Presbyterian Manor, 1200 E. Seventh. The talks are part of Newton Presbyterian Manor’s Just Ask series, a free, ongoing lifelong learning program featuring information from local, regional and national experts on topics of interest to older adults and their families.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Marketing Director Noelle Dickinson at 316-283-5400 or [email protected].