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Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers can now get online support

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is challenging in the best of times, but in the time of COVID-19, things can be even more difficult.

The Alzheimer’s Association recently moved many of its programs online to provide information on dealing with the hardships of being a caregiver. “People need support now more than ever. We’re moving it all online so people can get the information and the support they need,” said Dan Cronin, project manager for the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter.

Cronin said people can call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 or go to to register for one of the following programs in May and June.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia is a workshop for anyone who would like to understand more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. The workshop is on May 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. and on May 26 from 12-1 p.m.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters is on May 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. and helps people understand and recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior will discuss some of the common triggers for behavior related to dementia. The program is on May 18 from 11 a.m. to noon and June 2 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research provides insights on how to keep your brain and body healthy through healthy lifestyle choices. The program is on May 6 and May 12 from 10-11 a.m., May 19 from 1-2:30 p.m., and June 11 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Effective Communications Strategies is on May 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. and teaches people how to decode verbal and behavioral messages from a person with dementia.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers provides strategies to provide care throughout the disease from caregivers and professionals. The program is on June 16, 23 and 30 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration for one, some or all programs is required.

Cronin said caregivers will find the information useful. “These programs can provide very, very pertinent, and sound information for people that have been touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia. They are designed to offer specific education related to Alzheimer’s-related topics.”

The association is also offering support led by experienced facilitators via telephone or online. Call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 to register.

Sarah Henry, director of Prince William Area Agency on Aging, said the programs will help the agency with its mission of serving those in the community who care for people suffering from Alzheimer’s. “The Agency on Aging partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association is more important than ever due to COVID-19. It allows us to provide options for caregiver resources that are offered virtually by the association. Providing support to caregivers is of great importance during this time of stress and uncertainty. The agency is very thankful for this partnership.”

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