Huntersville, NC – April 16, 2018: The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter is hosting an educational program – “Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What’s your plan? Who’s on your team?” on Saturday, May 5. It will take place from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at Assurance United Methodist Church at 9700 Mount Holly Huntersville Road in Huntersville.

The 3-hour session is free and will include a light breakfast. The program is geared for individuals with a recent diagnosis and/or in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases, their families, and care-partners.  A panel of experts will share tips, resources, and services available for individuals and their families. The panel will include experts from the following fields:

  • legal/ financial planning
  • home environment and safety
  • transitioning
  • government services
  • self-care

 

Registration is strongly suggested to ensure space for all attendees. To register, visit http://bit.ly/NavigatingDementiaHuntersvilleMay5  or CommunityResourceFinder.org (search for program by name, date, and/ or location). For questions or to register over the phone, call 1-800-272-3900.

“A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is life-changing for both diagnosed individuals and those close to them,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Research has shown that taking full advantage of available treatment, care and support can improve quality of life.

This education program is invaluable for recently diagnosed individuals and their care partners and is one of the many ways we provide support throughout their journey with this disease.”

 

Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)

  • One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • An estimated 5.7 million Americans, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.
  • Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementias as older whites.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
About the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter:
The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in the 49 central and western North Carolina counties that serves over 110,000 people currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 330,000 caregivers in these counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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