WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With 5 million people affected in the United States, there is a growing need for assistance with patients diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. One local agency is trying to raise community awareness on the rapidly growing condition.
The Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs is part of the Alzheimer’s Care Coalition. The care coalition is hosting its eighth annual Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference in Dayton, Ind. later this year.
To discuss the upcoming Alzheimer’s education programs and the caregiver conference, Jan Fay with Area IV Agency made a visit to News 18 at Noon.
Fay said the main goal with these programs to to educate the families or the individuals involved with Alzheimer’s patients. She said it helps to have more knowledge about the condition and how it progresses. Fay said with proper education from the programs like the Care Coalition, it helps people feel less overwhelmed.
There are two upcoming events for the Alzheimer’s Education Program. The first one will be held Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Williamsport Senior Center, 305 Ross Ave. The second event will be in Frankfort at the Paul Phillippe Resource Center, 401 W. Walnut St., on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fay said individuals must register to attend either event. To register, call Area IV at 765-447-7683. To learn more about Area IV’s assistance locally, watch the full interview with Fay on the video link above.