Holzer hosts free ‘Lunch and Learn’ Alzheimers talk

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GALLIPOLIS — Alzheimer’s disease poses many questions for caregivers and families.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati will be offering answers as it presents a series of quarterly “Lunch and Learn” programs at Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, beginning in November. These programs will provide an opportunity for families and caregivers to learn and ask questions about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, while receiving support from others in similar situations.

“It is vitally important that families and friends obtain dementia related education. An educated caregiver typically experiences less stress and makes better decisions when developing a plan of care,” said Melissa Dever, Southeastern Ohio branch manager of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter. “These quarterly programs are intended to benefit the communities of Jackson, Gallia and Vinton counties.”

People are invited to attend any or all of the programs. While the programs are free of charge, the group requests that people register for the free lunch.

The dates and topics for the series include:

• Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage.

• Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage.

• Tuesday, May 30 – Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late Stage.

• Tuesday, Aug. 29 – Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.

All Lunch and Learn sessions will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Holzer Medical Center is located at 500 Burlington Road, Jackson, (1st Floor Education room).

Four Winds Community, Jenkins Care Community, Holzer Long-term Care and Abbyshire Nursing & Rehab are lunch sponsors for the program

Registration is required for the Lunch and Learn program. To register or to obtain more information about the program, please call Melissa Dever, LSW, Southeastern Ohio Branch Program Manager, at (740) 710-1821.

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