Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are impacted by the disease – including more than 330,000 individuals with the disease and 900,000+ people providing unpaid care for them in Missouri and Illinois.

The Gateway Region YMCA and Alzheimer's Association have partnered to offer free educational classes to the community on Alzheimer’s warning signs, basic caregiving and living with the disease.

2019 workshop topics include:

Know the 10 Signs
Learn about typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.  

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia
Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these tips into a plan for healthy aging.  

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
*Designed just for caregivers, family members, and friends. These programs are not appropriate for people who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening. It is also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia has progressed in their journey and the ability to use words are lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

These educational classes are free to the community but registration is required.

Contact the YMCA location hosting the workshop. Registration is also available online.