Alzheimer’s educational forum Wednesday night at Galesburg library

An informational forum is being held Wednesday night for those looking to volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association of America or just to learn about the deadly disease.

Alzheimer’s affects 5.8 million Americans, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the 6th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. It is also the 5th leading cause for adults over the age of 65.

Rhonda Nelson with the Alzheimer’s Association says she hopes to find volunteers to help her educate the public.

“One of the things I would like to find is volunteers willing to lead support groups. So, that people don’t feel alone and that people know that there are others out to help and provide support. The Alzheimer’s Association has lots of resources and that’s what we plan to talk about on Wednesday night. Educate a little bit about dementia/Alzheimer’s, but then also educate about the resources.”

Nelson says that over half of the caregivers are adult children who may also have their own kids they’re trying to take care of too.

“That can be a burden at times so we want to reach out to people. We [want them] to know that there are resources available, they are not alone. And, we want their input. What do they need here, in Knox County? I’m excited to let the community know I’m here. I’ve been in Galesburg for over 30 years and am very invested in the community, and want to provide that education and support.”

The forum is being held at the Galesburg Public Library starting at 6:00.

Attendees can learn about the disease, educate themselves on the resources available, and share experiences.

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