Alzheimer’s Association offers free Winter Education Series that kicks off January 18

The Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter is offering a free, seven-week virtual education series to kick-off the new year. The programs are available to help families facing Alzheimer’s or dementia understand what to expect so they can be prepared to meet the changes ahead. The topics covered will range from the warning signs to behavior changes to expect, to financial and legal considerations and planning, to advances in Alzheimer’s research.

The series will begin Wednesday, January 18 at 12 p.m. via Zoom and continue each Wednesday through March 1.

The schedule of programs includes:
• January 18 - Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia (30 minutes) and Dementia Friends with Megan Zimmerman (30 minutes);
• January 25 - 10 Warning Signs (30 minutes) and Unlocking Brain Fitness: Keys to Dementia Prevention Program (30 minutes);
• February 1 - Advancing the Science at Any Given Moment: The Latest in Dementia Research (Lisa Groon);
• February 8 - Managing Money - A Caregivers Guide to Finances;
• February 15 - Effective Communication Strategies*;
• February 22 - Dementia Conversations*;
• March 1 - Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors*.

The series is in partnership with AARP Iowa, LeadingAge Iowa, Dementia Friends and the  Unlocking Brain Fitness: Keys to Dementia Prevention program. Programs with an * are hosted by LeadingAge Iowa and will offer one contact hour for a fee for healthcare professionals. Otherwise, all programs are free for anyone to attend without receiving contact hours.

To learn more and register, visit the registration page or the Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter’s website. Today, there are more than six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 66,000 in Iowa. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends are serving as caregivers, including 73,000 in Iowa.