An ABC session presented by the Alzheimers Association will be 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, at the Golden Years Plaza, 507 Taylor St., DeKalb. Registration can be made by calling the Alzheimers Association at 815-484-1300. The program is free to the public.
The Alzheimers Association developed the ABC: Alzheimers Beginning to Cope educational program to help families cope as they respond to diagnosis. The ABC programs were designed to help caregivers better understand the disease, its symptoms, the diagnostic process and how it progresses. Those attending will learn how to advocate for their family member and what kind of planning needs to be considered for the future.
Alzheimers disease is the leading cause of dementia. It is estimated that more than 12,000 people in the Rockford region have this diagnosis. For each person with the diagnosis or another type of dementia, there are three to five family members involved in caregiving. This means 36,000 to 60,000 people in the region are responding to the challenges of this type of diagnosis.