TROY — Miami County residents are invited to take part in a community forum on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The free event, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main St. Dinner will be served.
This event is the first of two forums to be held in the Miami Valley region.
Lorna Chouinard, vice president, Programs and Operation for the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, said the forum provides an opportunity for Miami County residents of all ages to learn about the disease, to find out about available educational and support resources, and to share their experience with the disease. The event allows Alzheimer’s Association staff to listen to the needs in the community so the agency can enhance their support of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.
“We understand the importance of early diagnosis, care and support and sharing information in our local communities,” Chouinard said. “Working with the local Troy library, this forum will provide knowledge, support, and an opportunity for all constituents to share the needs of the Miami County community. We are hosting these forums with partners across our region so we can all come together to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. In the United States, 5.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease and in the Miami Valley, 30,000 individuals live with the disease.
Individuals needing immediate support can call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900. To register for the community forum, go to alz.org/Dayton or call (937) 610-7016.