Clark County residents focus on Alzheimer’s Association forum

Rebecca Hall, program director for the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association, said it was a great opportunity to learn more about brain disease and the free resources offered by the chapter.

“Alzheimer’s disease can be a lonely disease because most family caregivers take care of all the care needs on their own. With the education and support we provide, we can improve this journey of care so that family members can provide the best possible care, ”said Hall.

Pre-registration is required for the event. To register, dial 937-291-3332. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register so that they can join the event.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Regional Agency on Aging and United Senior Services. The Alzheimer’s Association works closely with both.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers free education programs, support groups and one-on-one care consultations that help families plan for their care. In addition, the association has a 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 that people can call day or night to get their questions answered. In addition, it has a community resource search tool at where families can enter their zip code and find local community, medical and legal resources.

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and brain tissue, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, plan, speak, and / or walk. In the Miami Valley, 30,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and 100,000 family and friends act as caregivers.

Due to the pandemic, all of the Miami Valley Alzheimer’s Association support groups are virtual. There are four telephone support groups and six video conference support groups to choose from. Most meet once a month, several support groups meet twice a month. To register for a support group or to make an appointment for a virtual care consultation, call 937-291-3332.

The Alzheimer’s Association is continuously raising awareness. Springfield and Clark County organizations, businesses, and religious communities wishing to organize an education program can call the association to schedule a program.

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Potts said, “It’s great to know that someone is always there, whether it’s through a helpline or a Facebook page or the support groups.”

About the Alzheimer® Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in the care, support and research of Alzheimer’s disease. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; provide and improve care and support for all involved; and reduce the risk of dementia by promoting brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer®. Visit or call our 24/7 help desk at 800-272-3900.

Ida M. Morgan