ALBANY – While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans, including 410,000 in New York, living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter is offering free virtual education programs in the coming weeks to help all local caregivers throughout our 17-county area. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a number of education programs that can help those living with Alzheimer’s and their families understand what to expect so they can be prepared to meet the changes ahead and live well for as long as possible.

“During this challenging time, it’s critical that all New York caregivers have access to Alzheimer’s Association resources even if they cannot venture out,” said Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Executive Director Beth Smith-Boivin. “The COVID-19 crisis is altering Americans’ daily lives, but the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers cannot be put on hold. These online programs allow us to connect with caregivers and provide necessary information even amid the current crisis.”

Each virtual education program is approximately one hour and allows the audience to ask questions and engage with others going through the journey online.

Upcoming virtual education programs include:

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: 1 p.m. April 7; 2 p.m. April 29.

Coronavirus (Covid 19) Tips for Dementia Caregivers: 11 a.m. April 16; 4 p.m. April 22.

Dementia Conversations: 2:30 p.m. April 23.

Effective Communication Strategies: 3 p.m. April 30.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body Tips from the Latest Research: 4 p.m. April 8.

Living with Alzheimer’s: Younger Onset: 2 p.m. April 21.

Meaningful Engagement, Activities at Home: 10 a.m. April 10; 4 p.m. April 14; 12:30 p.m. April 24; 10 a.m. April 28.

Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress: 10 a.m. April 17; 4 p.m. April 27.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: 10 a.m. April 7; 3 p.m. April 16; 2 p.m. April 23.

Understanding Dementia Related Behaviors: 11 a.m. April 15.

For a complete list of upcoming programs, or to register for a program, visit alz.org/crf.

In addition to the virtual education classes, the Alzheimer’s Association offers online community resources at alz.org including ALZConnected®, a free online community where people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, family and friends can ask questions, get advice and find support.

More than 16 million family and friends, including more than 1 million in New York provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the United States. To help family caregivers navigate the current complex and quickly changing environment, the Alzheimer’s Association has also offered additional guidance to families at alz.org/COVID19.

The Alzheimer’s Association free, 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900) offers around-the-clock support for caregivers and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and all dementia.

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