The Alzheimer’s Association will be conducting a three-part series on “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” on Fridays Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at The East Hampton Library at 1 p.m., through funding provided by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

At the first session on Oct. 18, attendees will learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease stages and risk factors as well as current research and treatments available to address some symptoms.

The second session, on Oct. 25, will cover effective communication strategies.

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. The session will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learning to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identifying strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

The final session, on Nov. 1, will cover understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Attendees at this session will learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Registrations for all or some of the three sessions can be made by calling 631.324.0222 ext. 3 or by visiting eventbrite.com.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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