We had an informative and fun morning at our Alzheimer’s Awareness event which was held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Roxboro at the Person County Office Building Auditorium with more than 40 people in attendance at this event.
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and Alzheimer’s has become a growing concern and reality for many of our aging citizens and their families. Attendees were given the opportunity to visit with vendors who work with older adults on concerns about their health, their brain health, fall prevention, insurance needs, and social issues. Thanks to the availability of the Person County Auditorium, we were able to have 10 vendors set up around the room providing information, demonstrations, and so much more. There were then two workshop sessions which was be followed by the awarding of door prizes, which were donated by our vendor organizations.
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior changes that interfere with daily living. During the first workshop session, attendees learned from the local Extension Agent and trained Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator, Jennifer Brown, about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and what symptoms to look for in themselves and others, as well as tips to approach someone who is experiencing changes in their memory, the benefit of early detection and diagnosis, and more.
Then ,Lisa Roberts, the Executive Director for the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association taught a workshop on Caregiving During the Holidays. This program provided information for caregivers to care for themselves, their loved ones, and about holiday safety all while giving suggestions that may make the holidays more enjoyable for caregivers and their loved ones.
We then ended the program with door prizes which were donated by our vendor organizations. Thanks to the following organizations for setting up a booth at this year’s event: Person County Senior Center, Person Family Medical Dental Center, Person Memorial Hospital, Person County Emergency Services, Kerr Tar Regional Council of Governments, Duke Registry for Brain Health, Wellcare, and the Alzheimer’s Association. This event was a joint venture between both the Person and Granville County Extension Offices and our Extension and Community Association (ECA) members. Call 336-599-1195 (Person) or 919-603-1350 (Granville) to get more information on Alzheimer’s or to schedule a workshop for a local group.
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