NANUET, N.Y. – The Alzheimer’s Association has scheduled a pair of events this December to educate people about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions.
“Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior,” is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Meals on Wheels, 121 W. Nyack Road, Nanuet, according to a statement from the Alzheimer's Association.
On Dec. 20, the group is to offer a “Virtual Dementia Tour” in 30-minute sessions from 5 – 8 p.m. at Meals on Wheels, the Alzheimer’s Association said.
The first event, which includes a complimentary lunch, aims to provide information about how to communicate with people affected by dementia-related conditions and will offer tips on how to decode behavioral and verbal messages delivered by such people, organizers said.
The program is also to offer strategies on how to connect and communicate with people during every stage of the disease.
The “Virtual Dementia Tour” is geared toward caregivers, according to organizers, who said that the program simulates dementia symptoms to prepare caregivers to cope with the behaviors when they arise.
Both programs are being partially funded by grants from the New York State Department of Health, organizers said.
To learn more about “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior,” call Debra Kagan-Birkeland at 845-639-6776. Jody Addeo can be reached at the same telephone number for those wishing to learn more about the “Virtual Dementia Tour.”
Click here to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association or call 800-272-3900. According to organizers, the 800 telephone number also serves as a 24-hour helpline for caregivers.