Alzheimer’s Association hosts open public forum to create conversation and education

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are over 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s Disease, and 150,000 of them are Georgians.

Staff at the Coastal Area Alzheimer’s Association said, ‘No one should go through this disease alone.” Today they are hosting a public forum to address how to prevent and identify the disease as well as shed light on the local support options of family, friends, and caregivers.

Socializing, staying active as long as possible, and challenging your cognition are all actions local health experts said could be critical in preventing Alzheimer’s. Kayley Fleming, the Family Support Programs Manager for the Coastal Area Alzheimer’s Association described her personal connection with Alzheimer’s —recounting her grandfather’s slow regression and the painful battle her family fought with him.

Fleming said her family’s history with Alzheimer’s ignited her desire to help both the people who are fighting the illness and their caregivers. She said today’s event will educate people about the ideas, as well as offer resources and support options.

“We’re going to do a presentation on what is ‘Alzheimer’s versus Dementia’ cause that’s a huge question that we get asked so often, ‘what is the difference?’. So we’re going to talk about that a little bit and then dive into kind of a forum type: what are the resources, what are the needs, and where are those gaps in Chatham County,” Fleming stated.

Fleming and the other healthcare professionals at the Alzheimer’s Association want people to know there are local resources available to them.

“You don’t have to go through this alone, there are lots of other people that are dealing with this disease right now, um, maybe some of your friends or family members and we, at the Alzheimer’s Association are here to help in any way that we can,” Fleming said.

The event is today from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital (2nd floor, meeting rooms 1 and 2). The public forum will offer education about Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory loss; as well as educate individuals about the local resources and support programs that are available.

Call 800-272-3900 to register for today’s open event.

The local association said they always appreciate donations. Click HERE if you would like to volunteer as a community educator or a support group facilitator.

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