Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Alzheimer's Association to Present Program on Importance of Planning for the Future


The Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter is offering a program that addresses the need for families to adequately prepare for the future entitled “Exploring Care Options.”

Designed to help individuals recognize warning signs that it is time to seek outside help through community resources, the program will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Tremont District Library, 215 S. Sampson St., Tremont.

Included in the training are the seven warning signs that a family needs outside help and useful information about community resources such as in-home care, respite care, adult day care, assisted living and long-term care. The program also will feature a list of the top questions families should ask a residential care facility and an explanation of the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

The program is open to the public and is co-funded by Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Materials fee is $5 per person or $10 per family. Reservations can be made by calling the Central Illinois Chapter, Peoria, toll free at 800.272.3900 by Aug. 20.

The Alzheimer's Association provides programs and services to caregivers and those with memory loss problems including family education programs, 24-hour telephone helpline, Medic Alert + Safe Return information,lending library, support groups, advocacy, patient referral and guidance services. Disease, caregiver and support information can be found by visiting the agency website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral or calling the helpline at 800.272.3900.

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