Those caring for people with Alzheimer's might find help in a series of classes being offered by the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter in partnership with the Prince William Area Agency on Aging.
The Prince William Area Dementia Caregivers Academy classes will be held at several locations across the county at a number of times to make it easy for people to get to them, said Jane Priest, programs and services manager for the association. "We're trying to offer them at public spaces and at times when we feel people can attend."
There are weekly classes running through May that will provide practical answers to questions about the disease through all of its stages. The classes will cover memory loss, legal and financial planning, partnering with doctors, communication and other issues of importance to caregivers and families dealing with Alzheimer's. "These classes address how to have a better interaction with people who are in the midst of dementia of the Alzheimer's type in particular," Priest said.
Classes will be offered at Chinn Park Library at 13065 Chinn Park Drive in Woodbridge, Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building at 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, and at the Manassas Senior Center at 9320 Mosby Street in Manassas, Priest said.
The classes are open to the public, but reservations are helpful for planning purposes, Priest said. "Anybody who wants to come is certainly welcome. We do take walk-ins of course. All are welcome. The Alzheimer's Association is very eager to help families and caregivers, in particular, who are living in the midst of Alzheimer's."
Class schedules can also be found at the Area Agency on Aging's webpage at www.pwcgov.org/aging or the association's at www.alz.org/nca for a class calendar, as well as other resources. Call Priest at 703-766-9018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.