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Alzheimer's Association offers free virtual programs for all South Carolina residents

Columbia, SC – 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 95,000 South Carolinians living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter is offering free virtual education programs, caregiver support groups and early stage dementia social engagement programs in the coming weeks. These vital 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.

“Families facing dementia during this challenging time can still access vital resources and support, even if they cannot venture out,” said Cindy Alewine, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter. “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 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, April 9, 2020, 6:30-7:30 PM

· Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits & More, April 16, 2020, 6:30-7:30 PM

· Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, April 21, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

· Living with Alzheimer's: End Stage Caregiving, April 23, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM

· Caregiver Stress, April 23, 2020, 6:30-7:30 PM

For a complete list of upcoming programs, support groups or early stage offerings, or to register for a program, visit alz.org/sc.

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 318,000 in South Carolina, 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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