BOONTON — Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect millions of Americans every day. Memory loss affects not only the person suffering from the condition, but also their loved ones and caregivers. In partnership with the Boonton Health Department and Highbridge Care Center, Alzheimer’s New Jersey is offering a community education workshop to the public on Thursday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Boonton Holmes Public Library.
“This is such an important topic because memory loss affects so many people,” says Lotte Newlin, Library Director. “So we were immediately on board when the Boonton Health Department reached out to us to schedule the workshop.” The program provides a comprehensive overview for anyone who wants to learn about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia. Information about risk factors and warning signs will be discussed, as will steps to obtaining a diagnosis and treatment options. Planning for a future with the disease, coping with behavioral changes, and strategies for accessing community resources will be reviewed as well.
It is estimated that 600,000 people in New Jersey alone suffer from some form of dementia or Alzheimers, so the need for education is critical. “Many patients and their caregivers have very little information about the support resources available to them,” notes Meredith Gemeiner, Director of Programs and Services at Alzheimer’s New Jersey. “Knowing where to turn for help and advice is an essential part of coping with the condition. At Alzheimer’s New Jersey, we offer a comprehensive array of services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.”
The November 14 program is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Attendees may register by visiting the library’s website by clicking here or by calling Alzheimer’s New Jersey at (888) 280-6055. Highbridge Care Center is graciously providing the program’s refreshments.