Alzheimer’s Association offers ‘Behaviors and Communication’ program

Staff Report

Caregivers in Lee, Whiteside and Ogle counties can better prepare to cope with the communication and behavioral changes brought on by Alzheimer’s disease by attending an educational program, “Behaviors and Communication,” hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association in June.

The Alzheimer’s Association—Central Illinois Chapter, Rock River Branch, will present the program in three different locations on the following dates:

Tuesday, June 21, noon-2 p.m.—Rock River Branch Office, 93 S. Hennepin, Dixon. Registration deadline: June 20. Program is co-funded by Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging.

Tuesday, June 21, 3-5 p.m.—Rock Falls Library, 1007 Seventh Ave., Rock Falls. Registration deadline: June 20.

Thursday, June 30, noon 2-p.m.—Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle. Registration deadline: June 28.

The program will be presented by Jenna Wachtveitl, program specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association—Central Illinois Chapter.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Not only do people with dementia have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others. The disease can also cause a person to act in different and unpredictable ways. The Behaviors and Communication program will educate participants about how to interact with their loved ones, get a better understanding of the disease, and minimize behaviors and respond to behaviors should they occur.

The Alzheimer’s Association—Central Illinois Chapter, is a donor-supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in Illinois. Its three office locations—Dixon, Quincy and Peoria—provide educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. Disease, caregiver and support information can be found by visiting the agency website at

From the June 8-14, 2011 issue

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