LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association made a trip to Lafayette for the first session of its new program.
The free program is called 'Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia." It is meant to inform and empower individuals who are in any stage of the caregiving process.
Thursday night's session focused on the basics of the disease but there will be two additional sessions as part of the educational series.
On Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m., there will be a session that focuses on effective communication.
On Tuesday, June 11th at 3:00 p.m., there will be a session focusing on legal and financial resources.
All programs are free to attend and will be hosted at the Tippecanoe Senior Center located at 2000 Elmwood Avenue in the Northend Community Center in Lafayette.
Kristen Webster, Information and Referral Manager for the Alzheimer's Association Indiana Chapter, said programs like this are a way for the Alzheimer's Association to talk about the importance of research and how to get involved.
"Alzheimers disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and it's the only one that does not have a treatment, prevention or a cure," Webster said. "So without more brains or more people volunteering to be a part of research, it will remain that, if not worse."
Webster told News 18 depending on the turnout for the three-part educational series, there may be more programs scheduled in the future.
To learn more about the Alzheimer's Association Indiana Chapter, click here.
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