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Charlotte workshops aim to help the in fight against dementia
Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina chapter
 
Published Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:12 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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The Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina chapter will host two workshops for people recently diagnosed with dementia.


The workshops, which are free, take place next month at Blair Road United Methodist Church (9135 Blair Road, Mint Hill).  On Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., attendees will explore “Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What Now? What Next?” The workshop will explain Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, the process of diagnosis as well as everyday coping techniques. The second session, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., tackles “Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis: What’s Your Plan? Who’s on Your Team?” A panel of experts will share insight on what to do after diagnosis, how to create a care team, and resources available to caregivers as the individual diagnosed.

The workshops are designed for those recently diagnosed, or coping with the early stages of a dementia-related disease, as well as his or her support system.

“The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions, so this program is invaluable for recently diagnosed individuals and their care partners,” chapter CEO Katherine L. Lambert said. “We want them to know that they are not alone and that we are here for them from the beginning of a diagnosis and throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.”

Forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, are twice as likely to impact older African Americans than their white peers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, where someone is diagnosed every 65 seconds. Of the 5.8 million Americans living with the disease, 170,000 of them are North Carolina residents. Caregivers in North Carolina provided approximately 538 million hours of unpaid care in 2018, which the Alzheimer’s Association reported equated to a $6.8 billion in care. Approximately 437,000 people in North Carolina provide unpaid care to those with dementia.

For more information about the Sept. 21 workshop, and to register: https://tinyurl.com/MintHillSept21.

For more information about Sept. 28:  https://tinyurl.com/MintHillSept28.  

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