ASHEVILLE, — The Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter will be hosting a three-part dementia-related workshop series — “Caring for My Loved One with Dementia — Preparing for the Road Ahead.” The program will take place the first three Wednesdays in February from 9-11 a.m. at Reuter Center at UNC-Asheville located at 1 University Heights.

Part 1 will take place on Feb. 5; Part 2 will take place on Feb. 12; and Part 3 will take place on Feb. 19. The three sessions are free and will help caregivers learn strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s.

These educational programs are open to the general public and are particularly valuable for individuals who were care partners and are now hands-on caregivers. Registration is strongly suggested to ensure space for all attendees. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/AshevilleFeb5, https://tinyurl.com/AshevilleFeb12 and https://tinyurl.com/AshevilleFeb19 or call 800-272-3900.

“This workshop series is invaluable for caregivers who are caring for individuals living in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “This is one of the many ways our organization is supporting the 473,000 people in North Carolina who are caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. We want them to know that they are not alone in their caregiving journey and that the Alzheimer’s Association is here for them.”

Additional Facts and Figures: (http://www.alz.org/facts/)

» Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.

» Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.

» An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 14 million by year 2050.

» More than 16 million family and friends, including 473,000 in North Carolina, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the United States.

» In 2018, friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s in North Carolina provided an estimated 538 million hours of unpaid care, a contribution valued at $6.8 billion.

About the Alzheimer’s Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

About the Alzheimer’s Association — Western Carolina Chapter:

The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in 49 central and western North Carolina counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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