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How do I talk to them now?
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Too young: these Clevelanders face Alzheimer’s head on
Take a class from the comfort of your own home/office!

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When you have a question about Alzheimer’s disease or what to do in caring for a loved one with the disease, please call or email us:

Quick Link: Upcoming educational classes for caregivers

How do I talk to them now?
Helping friends understand how to communicate with someone who has Alzheimer’s

After symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become more apparent, sadly, family friends may slip away due to a misunderstanding of how to communicate with someone who has the disease. Caregivers often struggle in explaining how best to talk to or reach out to their loved one.

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person's ability to communicate. Not only do people with dementia have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others. The ability to exchange our ideas, wishes and feelings is a basic need.

Communication tips to share with friends:

Offer comfort and reassurance
If he or she is having trouble communicating, let the person know that it's OK. Encourage the person to continue to explain his or her thoughts.

Give the person time
Let the person think about and describe whatever he or she wants. Be careful not to interrupt.

Avoid criticizing or correcting
Don't tell the person what he or she is saying is incorrect. Instead, listen and try to find the meaning in what is being said. Repeat what was said if it helps to clarify the thought.

Avoid arguing
If the person says something you don't agree with, let it be. Arguing usually only makes things worse.

Offer a guess
If the person uses the wrong word or cannot find a word, try guessing the right one. If you understand what the person means, you may not need to give the correct word. Be careful not to cause unnecessary frustration.

Focus on feelings, not facts
Sometimes the emotions being expressed are more important than what is being said. Look for the feelings behind the words. At times, tone of voice and other actions may provide clues.

Treat the person with dignity and respect
Avoid talking down to the person or talking as if he or she isn't there.

Speak slowly and clearly
Be aware of speed and clarity when speaking.

Patiently wait for a response
The person may need extra time to process what you said. Give the person the time and encouragement he or she needs to respond.

Repeat information or questions
If the person doesn't respond, wait a moment. Then ask again. Ask the question in the same way, using the same words as before.

Give simple explanations
Avoid using complex logic and reasoning. Instead give clear and concise responses.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to engage in a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association® asks people around the world to wear purple and use their brain power to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Show your support by wearing purple! Visit for more ideas to get involved.

If you’re downtown Cleveland on June 21, check out terminal tower as it shines purple in recognition of Alzheimer’s awareness!


Too young: these Clevelanders face Alzheimer’s head on
Five volunteers receive Arlene L. Ellis Award for 2014

This year, the Cleveland Area Chapter honored five amazing people who are not letting young-onset Alzheimer’s stand in the way of their many different volunteer efforts to raise awareness and lead the fight against this disease. Patti Girard, Linda Jordan, Tom Munson, Audrey Rickey and Joan Uronis were each presented with the 2014 Arlene Ellis Volunteer Service Award at our annual dinner, Night of a Thousand Lights, in May.

A short video sums up their passion for finding a cure. Hear their stories, in their own words, in the link below.

Take a class from the comfort of your own home/office!

Now you can enjoy our great classes without leaving your home or office! Join us Friday, June 27 at noon for a free health and wellness presentation online. We will present “Improving Communication” and discuss communication challenges faced by people with dementia, as well as review tips and techniques for communicating with someone who has dementia.

June 27, 2014 at noon
Register online here

This Webinar is Free!
Online webinars last 20 minutes and are followed by a brief Q&A session.

Online Registration is required Questions? Call 800.272.3900


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Understanding Behavior
This program describes some of the ways that dementia can affect behavior, as well as why a person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia may behave in a certain way.
Thursday, July 10, 7:30 pm
Friday, July 25, Noon

Making Connections
This program describes social needs, and provides tools and techniques to assist with having meaningful interactions with a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Thursday August 14, 7:30 pm
Friday August 29, Noon

Know the 10 Signs
This workshop will stress the importance of early detection for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. As 10 million baby boomers risk developing Alzheimer’s, early detection of the disease becomes critical to future planning. Knowing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible.
Thursday September 11, 7:30 pm
Friday September 26, Noon

Easing the Stress of the Holidays
This program is designed to give caregivers helpful hints and tips that will be useful during the holiday season while caring for their loved one with dementia. How can my family dinner be less stressful? What might be an appropriate gift for my loved one with dementia? How can everyone be included in holiday preparations? These questions, and more, will be discussed.
Thursday October 9, 7:30 pm
Friday October 31, Noon

Who Should I Call?
Knowing all of the resources that are available in your area will help you to be a more successful caregiver, as well as to relieve some of the stress of caregiving. The Education team at the Cleveland Area Chapter will talk about community resources, highlight the FREE services available through our chapter, and answer your questions.
Thursday November 13, 7:30 pm
Friday November 21, Noon

Find a Support Group

Support groups are an open gathering of people with common issues, needs and interests who come together to share their thoughts and experiences to better cope with and manage the challenges of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Association support groups are available throughout the United States. Find a support group anywhere in the country.

Our Helpline is here for you 24/7

Call (800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:

  • Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Medications and other treatment options
  • General information about aging and brain health
  • Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
  • Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Our 24/7 Helpline also features:

  • Confidential care consultation that can help with decision-making, provide support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day
  • Help in a caller's preferred language using our translation service that features over 170 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Find more caregiving tips online here!


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