November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month

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Provided by Prince William County

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. it is intended to raise awareness of the devastating disease and give caregivers the knowledge and tools they need to help those in their care.

According to Lorraine Eckhardt, the human services manager for Prince William Adult Day Health Care, “The most important takeaways for caregivers are finding the correct dementia diagnosis and educating the public about different types of dementia, not only Alzheimer’s. Caregivers also need to be aware that Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia are not normal parts of aging. This is crucial for an early and correct diagnosis and thus, planning the care for their loved one.”
The Northern Virginia Dementia Care Continuum will host the free, virtual, 34th annual Caregiver’s Conference, titled “Grow with the Flow,” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, from Nov. 9 through 13. For more information and to register, visit their site.
Several groups in Prince William County offer support services for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Alzheimer’s Support for Caregivers:

  • First Mt. Zion Baptist Church

16622 Dumfries Rod., Dumfries
Contact: Stephanie Craddock at 703-670-0184 or scraddock@firstmountzionbc.org

  • Heritage Hunt’s Marsh Mansion in the Garden Room

13451 Fieldstone Way, Gainesville
Contact: Jan Pennington at 571-248-0143

  • Novant Health Caton Merchant House

9201 Portner Ave., Manassas
Contact: Mary Kren at 703-361-8841

  • St. Thomas United Methodist Church

8899 Sudley Rd., Manassas
Contact: Mary Kren at 703-361-8841

  • Westminster at Lake Ridge

12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge
Contact: Elizabeth Glyer at 703-496-3400

  • Prince William Senior Center

13850 Churchill Rd., Woodbridge
Contact: Kate Tanner at 703-501-0749 or Floyd Rose at 703-908-9280

No physical address
Main phone: 703-361-8841

Visit the Prince William Area Agency on Aging’s website for more information.

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