Alzheimer's Association hosts free workshop for caregivers in Cedar Rapids

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an educational series called, “Living With Alzheimer’s for Middle Stage Caregivers”. The program will be held on consecutive Thursdays January 17th, 24th and 31st from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Education Room A at Mercy Medical Center located at 701 10th Street Southeast in Cedar Rapids.

This educational program provides answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way. “Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” will cover information for caregivers of people who are in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics will include:

- Developing a care team.

- Legal and financial planning.

- Coping strategies.

- Care and treatment options.

- Communicating and connecting.

- Maximizing independence.

Caregivers of individuals in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s face different struggles each and every day. “Feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and defeat are often associated with the stressors of trying to be a primary caregiver,” said Shar Jones, Manager of Programs and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association. “However, an individual caregiver is not alone in his or her journey. This program provides education on how to deal with this stress, techniques for daily caregiving activities, and connections to community supports and services that can influence successful caregiving.”

The three-party program is free but registration is required. For more information on “Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” or to register, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900 or visit

About the Alzheimer's Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. 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.

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