Criers — 18 January 2013

“Get the Facts,” an educational series of free classes hosted by the Alzheimer’s Assocation Minnesota-North Dakota will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. monthly on Thursdays, Jan. 24-May 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 CR 137, St. Cloud. Classes are designed for anyone concerned about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Classes are as follows: Jan. 24 – Know the Signs: “Normal Aging” vs. Problematic Warning Signs; Feb. 28 – Practice Tips for Caregivers; Caregiver Panel; March 21 – Dementia: There is Hope; April 25 – Dealing with Mid- to Late-stage Alzheimer’s and Dementia; and May 23 – Hidden, Though Still There.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today. In Minnesota alone, there are 100,000 people living with Alzheimer’s.

“Our goal is to educate the community and raise the level of awareness about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias,” said Carol Thelen, regional center director for the Alzheimer’s Association. “We want them to know there is help and hope for people living with memory loss and for those caring for them.”

Scheduled speakers include Thelen and other staff from the Alzheimer’s Association, a panel of individuals caring for someone with the disease and health-care professionals.

No registration is necessary, and individuals can attend one, several or all of the classes. For information, call 320-257-0699.

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