The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a series of 3 free educational programs over the course of the next few months at Genesis Senior Living, Activity Room, 309 NW 9th Ave., Aledo.

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a series of 3 free educational programs over the course of the next few months at Genesis Senior Living, Activity Room, 309 NW 9th Ave., Aledo.

 Conversations About Dementia: Tips for Making Difficult Conversations Easier. A class for caregivers on how to have difficult conversations with those diagnosed about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, making legal and financial plans, and more. Mon, March 24, 1:00 - 2:30 pm.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, & Communication. A class about the warning signs, how Alzheimer’s compares or differs from normal aging and other forms of dementia, and basic principles of the best ways to approach and commun9icate with someone diagnosed as the disease progresses. Mon, April 28, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Practical Tips for Caregivers. Suggestions for caregivers devoted to the daily struggles of caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disease, based on principles outlined in Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers. Fri, May 30, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

Classes are open to family and professional caregivers. Each class is independent of the other classes. Those interested are encouraged to attend any or all of the classes.

The teacher is Jerry Schroeder, MSW, Program Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association. Mr. Schroeder has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of senior services, has been with the Alzheimer’s Association for nine years, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter on this topic.

Pre-registration is required no later than two business days before each class. For more information or to register call 800-272-3900.

About the Alzheimer's Association:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The 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. The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter serves 63 counties in both Iowa and Illinois with offices in West Des Moines (chapter headquarters), Burlington, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and the Quad Cities.

The chapter directly serves more than 30,000 individuals annually through its core services of information and referral, care consultation, educational programs, support groups and opportunities to enroll in the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® or Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch™ . To contact the Greater Iowa Chapter directly please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/greateriowa.