Indianapolis, IN – March 23, 2021 – The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is hosting a series of special virtual programs designed for people affected by the disease in various ways, including people living with dementia, caregivers and family members, future healthcare workers and individuals who are looking to reduce their risk of cognitive decline.
Effective Communication Strategies for Future Healthcare Workers
Tuesday, March 30
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures: What We Know Now about Dementia (and COVID-19)
Wednesday, March 31
12 – 1 p.m. ET
Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: An Interactive Program
Wednesday, April 7
3 – 5 p.m. ET
During the Facts and Figures program, attendees will learn the results of the 2021 Facts and Figures report that was released earlier this month. The findings show that deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s and dementia increased last year and that discrimination is a barrier to Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
The Effective Communication Strategies for Future Healthcare Workers program is designed specifically for students who are studying medicine, nursing or any healthcare field.
“Dementia is a public health crisis that will only continue to grow as the population ages, and future healthcare workers will care for and interact with people who are living with the disease, even if they are not choosing a specialty such as neurology or geriatrics,” said Stephanie Laskey, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program director. “This program will empower them to understand the ways people communicate as the disease progresses and learn strategies for interacting at every stage of the disease.”
The Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body program will include a healthy recipe and cooking demonstration, a chair yoga activity and an interactive game designed to challenge the mind.
“There is growing evidence that certain lifestyle factors can reduce the risk of cognitive decline,” said Hadya Sow, Senior Program Manager for Indy Metro. “This program is a great way to learn about each of those factors in a way that is fun and engaging, with concrete steps that Hoosiers can implement right away. It is never too late – or too early – to incorporate these healthy habits.”
Registration for these special programs is free. For more information, go to alz.org/Indiana/helping_you and click on “join a virtual education program” or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.