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Free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Series Offered

By Jamie Frye

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia will receive free training in a series of three presentations to be offered beginning Friday, Nov. 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Sierra Health Care, 1400 N. Silver St., in Truth or Consequences.

These classes will address the challenges caregivers face as dementia progresses, as well as techniques for addressing these challenges. “Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers – Early Stage” will be the first class, followed by a class on middle-stage Alzheimer’s care on Dec. 12. Both classes will be presented free by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter. Further information may be obtained by calling the Association at 1-800-272-3900, visiting www.alz.org/newmexico or emailing msideris-dorame@alz.org.

Alzheimer’s disease progressively diminishes memory and cognitive performance, and is presently incurable. People with Alzheimer’s typically live four to eight years after diagnosis, and their family caregivers suffer high levels of duress. Over 60 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers rate their stress from care-giving as high or very high, and a third suffer from depression. An estimated 34,000 New Mexicans with Alzheimer’s disease receive unpaid care from more than 105,000 family members and friends.

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