Alzheimer’s Association programs serve to educate Virginians about debilitating disease

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: January 19, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. 

VIRGINIA – The Greater Richmond and Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s Association will offer a variety of comprehensive and specialized programs and support group meetings during January and February of 2019, throughout Central Virginia. These programs are geared for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia, early onset or those that have been diagnosed for some time; to family members; caregivers; friends; to those individuals that may just want to volunteer their services in support of these programs. All activities and programs of the Alzheimer’s Association may be attended in all areas, regardless of where you reside. Many individuals attend programs and sessions in numerous areas for the added support.

“Alzheimer’s is a journey, not a destination,” said Marie Kolendo, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter. “Attending an education program or a support group facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Association, enables us to take an active role in educating ourselves and empowering ourselves to take control of our lives. 

On Tuesday, Jan 22, from 3 to 4 p.m., Coffee and Conversations will be presented at Manor House, 13500 North Gayton Road, Richmond, Virginia, 23233. Call (804) 967-2580 for additional information. On Tuesday, Jan 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, will be presented at Dunlop House, 235 Dunlop Farms Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia, 23834. For additional information or to register, visit https://action.alz.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Events/alz/MeetingRegistration.aspx?productId=42093981.

Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, conducts Support Group meetings to provide the community with an opportunity to meet for mutual support and to exchange coping skills. These groups provide the opportunity for participants to maintain their own health and well-being, while enhancing their ability to care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

“The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of programs that help individuals understand how to delay cognitive decline,” said Kolendo. “This actually helps individuals in living well for as long as possible.”

On Thursday, January 24, at 1:30 p.m., Early Stage, a support group for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their care partners, will be held. Location to be determined. Pre-screening is required. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information. On Friday, January 25, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., TOAD, Rare Dementia Support Group, for caregivers and individuals with other dementias, will be held at The Rec Room, 4116 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information.

On Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m., a Support Group for Caregivers will be held at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Room E106, 8209 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 23111. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information. On Tuesday, January 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., a Support Group for Caregivers will be held at Reinhart Guest House, 1100 Libbie Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, 23226. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information. On Wednesday, January 23, at 12 p.m., a Support Group for Caregivers will be held at VCU North Hospital, 8th Floor, Conference Room, 8041 1300 East Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information.

 On Thursday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m., DayBreaks Adult Day Care will be held at 2405 Dovercourt Drive, Midlothian, Virginia, 23113. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information. On Thursday, January 24, at 1 p.m., a Support Group for Caregivers will be held at Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Road, Sandston, Virginia, 23150. On Saturday, January 26, at 12 p.m., a Support Group for Caregivers will be held at Great Hope Baptist Church, 2101 Venable Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23223. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Cafés offer a fun and relaxed way for people living with early-stage memory loss to get connected with one another through social events that promote interaction and companionship. This is a place where the care partner can receive information while connecting and sharing with other people in similar situations. The bonds formed in Memory Cafés often last throughout the progression of the disease and become an additional support for those involved. On Thursday, January 17, at 11 a.m., a Memory Café will be held at Great Hope Baptist Church, 2101 Venable Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23223. Please call (804) 967-2580 for additional information.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, was established in 1981. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, through the promotion of brain health.

In Virginia, 140,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s, including 26,000 in the 24 counties and five cities served by the Greater Richmond Chapter. The chapter serves persons with any dementia disease, not just individuals with Alzheimer’s, and ninety-percent of their programs and services are offered free of charge. Last year, the Greater Richmond Chapter assisted more than 11,000 Central Virginia residents and answered over 2,100 Helpline calls from individuals seeking information and resources, those in need of tips for caregiving, or those just needing someone to listen.

For additional information on any of these programs or other programs are given by the Greater Richmond or Tri-Cities Alzheimer’s Association, please call (804) 967-2580.

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