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Free classes offered at the LOACC on how to improve communication with those with Alzheimer's, and living healthier lives

The Alzheimer's Association Oregon and SW Washington will hold its 21st-annual McGinty Conference on Alzheimer's Nov. 12 at the Oregon

Convention Center in Portland.

The conference is for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease and registration is free to the first 250 Oregon family caregivers who register, courtesy of Oregon Care Partnership. To register visit alz.org.orswwa.

The Alzheimer's Association Oregon and SW Washington is presenting two programs for caregivers at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego.

The first class is Effective Communication Strategies, and will take place Nov. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. As people with Alzheimer's and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. This workshop will explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, and attendees will learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

The second workshop, Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, will be presented Dec. 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. We know that the health of the brain and the body are connected, but now science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Attendees will learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate the recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

The workshops are free but registration is required. Call 1-800-272-3900 to register for either or both classes.

— For The Review, Tidings


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