The Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter has several educational programs planned in Rockland County during June, which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

A series of three educational programs will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on three consecutive Fridays at Meals on Wheels at 121 W. Nyack Road in Nanuet.

June 8: “Effective Communication Strategies” — This program helps loved ones learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies to help connect and communicate at every stage of the disease.

June 15: “Dementia Conversations” — This program is primarily for those who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience symptoms of Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. It offers helpful tips to assist with difficult dementia-related conversations, such as going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.

June 22: “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior” — Behavior is one of the primary ways people with dementia communicate their needs and feelings once the ability to lose language is lost. This class offers tips to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and strategies to help intervene with some of the most common dementia-related behavioral challenges.

With questions about any of these three classes being offered at Meals on Wheels, or to RSVP, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

“Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease” will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at Finkelstein Memorial Library in the third-floor Fielding Room, 24 Chestnut St., Spring Valley. To register for this program, call the library at 845.352.5700, Ext. 244, or stop by the reference desk on the second floor. With questions, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, visit The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

Visit for details about local programs or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900. Caregivers in need of assistance and support can call this 24/7 helpline for information and support.

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