Alzheimer’s Association Offers Education Programs During National Family Caregivers Month in Savannah

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an Alzheimer’s education program – Effective Communication Strategies, starting on Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 10:30 am in Savannah, Georgia.

Alzheimer’s Association education programs aim to educate the community on the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as disease stages and risk factors. Current research and treatments will also be discussed. Participants will become a trained “Dementia Friend” upon completion of the event.

“It is vital that we continue to educate all our communities about Alzheimer’s disease”, added Kayley Fleming, Program Manager, Coastal Georgia Regional Service Area for the Alzheimer’s Association. “We want to empower caregivers to be able to communicate effectively with their loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s, learn how to interpret the verbal and behavioral communication, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease,” she added.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 533,000 caregivers.