Alzheimer's Association offers education programs, caregiver support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter offers free education for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Topics range from the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia and how to identify the 10 warning signs to legal and financial planning and how to communicate throughout the various stages of the disease.

“Education is vital,” said Lauren Lay, associate director of Community Engagement. “Unfortunately, we do not have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But, we can positively impact the journey through education, care and support.”

The association will host “Know the 10 Signs” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Catherine Hospital, Professional Office Building Meeting Room, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago. In this introductory program, attendees will learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s. This program will also be offered 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Catherine Hospital, Professional Office Building Meeting Room, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago.

“Effective Communication Strategies” will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Highland Public Library, 2841 Jewett St. Attendees will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help them connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. This program will also be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Westchester Public Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., in Chesterton.

The association will host “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at First United Methodist Church at 6635 Hohman Ave., Hammond. In this program, attendees will learn about the latest research providing insights on how to make lifestyle choices that may help them keep their brain and body healthy as they age, and use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Registration is requested to attend programs by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

The association also hosts support groups across the state for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Area support group meetings

5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness Center, 2150 Gettler St., Suite 305, Dyer

6 p.m. Oct. 24 at First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell

6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Alzheimer’s Association office, 8679 Connecticut St., Suite D, Merrillville

6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 101 St. John’s Road, Michigan City

4 p.m. Oct. 31 at Jasper County Community Services, 967 E. Leopold St., Rensselaer

There are no fees to attend programs or support groups. For a full listing of our education programs and support groups, visit

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