November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month
(PLACERVILLE, CA) - It's estimated that one in ten people aged 65 and older are now affected by Alzheimer's disease in the United States. The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reminding individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's disease that local supports and assistance are available. November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
"We encourage everyone to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease, how it impacts our communities and families, and how we can offer support," said Jillien Smith, supervisor of The Club - Older Adult Day Services, a program of HHSA. "Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have far-reaching effects, including stealing memories, mental clarity and independence."
El Dorado County HHSA operates several programs to support and assist those living with dementia and their caregivers. The Club - Older Adult Day Services is available in both Placerville and El Dorado Hills to serve those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, Parkinson's or other issues. The two day centers offer socialization, recreation and wellness support in a fun and engaging environment for participants. The program also gives family caregivers a much needed break from caregiving, as well as supportive services. Both sites host lending libraries with information about the disease, and offer support groups multiple times per month.
In addition to The Club, the El Dorado County Family Caregiver Support Program and Senior Information and Assistance programs are available to provide helpful information and resources, supportive services, free workshops and trainings, and/or referral for local families impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
On February 8, 2020, The Club is co-hosting a day-long Alzheimer's Education Workshop in partnership with Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Marshall Foundation, Oakmont Senior Living and Pavilion Memory Care. This workshop entitled "Navigating the Journey" is free and open to the general public and agency partners, with a focus on training caregivers on how they can support people with dementia. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rolling Hills Church, located at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, and will feature presentations from nationally known keynote speakers and medical experts.
To pre-register for the Alzheimer's Education Workshop, or for more information about The Club, please call (916) 358-3560 in El Dorado Hills or (530) 621-6180 in Placerville. For information about the Family Caregiver Support Program, the Senior Information and Assistance program and other programs serving older adults in El Dorado County, please see HHSA's website at https://www.edcgov.us/SeniorService.aspx
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