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Caring for someone with dementia is one of the most important commitments a person will make. To help prepare the journey ahead of you, the Alzheimer's Association is hosting the four-part workshop, Mapping the Journey, on four consecutive Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., beginning April 1st. Topics include Understanding and approaching Alzheimer's and dementia, managing communication and behavioral challenges, legal and financial planning, and healthy living for your brain and body.

Part 1: Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia 4/1/19
Part one of the Mapping the Journey workshop will focus on Understanding Alzheimer's and dementia. ALZHEIMER’S IS NOT NORMAL AGING. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and how to approach someone if you recognize their symptoms.

Part 2: Effective Communication Strategies 4/8/19
Part two of the Mapping the Journey workshop will focus on understanding and managing dementia-related communication and behavioral challenges.  Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's and dementia.

Part 3: Legal and Financial Planning 4/15/19
Part three of the Mapping the Journey workshop will explore more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place if you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Part 4: Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body 4/22/19
Part four of the Mapping the Journey workshop will be an opportunity for all people to learn about healthy lifestyle factors that affect one's risk for developing Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will understand how diet and nutrition, cognitive stimulation, and social activity affect their risk of developing the disease.

The cost is free but registration is preferred. To attend all four sessions, please register online or call Melissa Griffin at 817-336-4949.