The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 7, 2013

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease at a caregiver class

— According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and in 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias — care valued at $216.4 billion. Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be overwhelming.

Research has shown that caregivers, who are educated about the disease and receive appropriate support, experience less stress and fewer physical illnesses. With this in mind, Raleigh County Commission on Aging will be presenting the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Class on Tuesday, April 30. This class is free to the public, but pre-registration is required. The class will be presented as an all-day seminar beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running through 4 p.m.

Class topics include:

- Basics of Alzheimer’s disease

- Communicating with a person who has Alzheimer’s

- Coping with behavior issues

- Activities for a person who has Alzheimer’s

- Safety issues

- Legal and financial issues

- Caregiver stress

Basics of Alzheimer’s disease will be taught by Jane Marks, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter. All other classes will be taught by Terri Tilley, R.N. of Raleigh County Commission on Aging.

Class members will receive free books, and lunch will also be provided.

To pre-register or for more information, call Terri Tilley, R.N., at 304-255-1397, extension 124.