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How to Talk About Dementia Series Available

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and it offers an opportunity to hold conversations and learn more about the brain and dementia. 

Today, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 6 million Americans, including 99,000 Minnesotans 65 and older. 

“The health and financial toll the disease takes on family caregivers can be overwhelming,” said AARP Minnesota’s Carla Zbacnik.

“That’s why we are offering free online dementia education classes to support caregivers, led by the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter.” 

“Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia” (Tuesday, June 22) will teach participants the differences between the two conditions, the stages and risk factors for each and the latest treatments and research. 

“Dementia Conversations” (Tuesday, June 29) will offer tips on how to break the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. 

Both classes will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Go to aarp.org/mnevents to register and receive the web link. 

Find more dementia resources at aarp.org/health/dementia or at alz.org. —Kim Ferraro

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