‘Ask the Experts’ : Program planned to help dementia patient caregivers

Posted 5/8/18

The Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, and Brookdale of Cleveland are partnering to bring “Ask The Experts,” an educational program for those who …

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‘Ask the Experts’ : Program planned to help dementia patient caregivers

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The Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, and Brookdale of Cleveland are partnering to bring “Ask The Experts,” an educational program for those who are caring for loved ones with dementia to the Bradley County area.

The program takes place on Tuesday, May 22, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church, 4001 Georgetown Road, Cleveland. The event features education programs by experts on topics such as legal and financial matters relevant to dementia care, caregiver stress, and understanding Alzheimer’s disease.

Dinner will spotlight Dr. Taylor Bear, Cleveland neurologist and expert on dementia care.

“Alzheimer’s is a very challenging disease for both the patient and the caregiver,” said Amy French, manager of education for the local Alzheimer’s Association. “This is a golden opportunity to ‘ask the expert’ as well as connect with others in the Alzheimer’s community.”

During the event, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland will do a formal proclamation establishing the coming month of June as “Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only Top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

“The disease is affecting more and more individuals as they are diagnosed or put into a caregiver role,” French said. “We’re excited and honored to partner with leaders in the community to provide this program."

There is a dinner-only option for those who cannot attend the entire day. It is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Dinner is provided for all registered attendees. To register, call 423-265-3600.

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