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Albuquerque, NM – January 23, 2020 – Friends and families in Deming dealing with Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a valuable FREE presentation offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Communications and Behaviors” will be presented from 1:00pm-2:00pm on Tuesday, February 11 at the Deming Luna County Senior Citizens Center, 800 S. Granite St, Deming NM 88030. For more information call 1-800-272-3900 or email Alexis Ramirez (Programs Volunteer Case Manager) alramirez@alz.org. For directions, call 575-647-3868.

This presentation emphasizes the importance of communication in caring for people with Alzheimer’s.  As people with Alzheimer’s disease progress further into their dementia, it can be increasingly difficult for their caregivers and loved ones to communicate effectively with them and to understand the behavioral expression they seem to rely on instead of “using their words.”  This presentation will help caregivers gain an understanding of how the disease affects their loved ones behavior and ability to communicate, and identify effective strategies for addressing the behaviors and communicating appropriately.

This evidence-based training aims to teach caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behaviors. It also imparts tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a threat that is getting worse.  Today, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, the total number is expected to rise to 14 million.  It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA*.

Currently, there is no prevention, proven treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families.   In our own state, 41,000 New Mexicans are living with Alzheimer’s and there are 108,000 unpaid dementia caregivers, many of whom are family members.

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's and dementia science in the world. Currently, the Association is investing over $165 million in more than 450 projects in 25 countries.

If you need help, call us. Our 24/7 Helpline is available any time, day or night for support or information at 1 (800) 272-3900. 

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more. 

We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1 (800) 272-3900. 

*Source for all statistics: The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.

About the Alzheimer’s Association®

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our 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 dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's®. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

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