Agencies plan program focusing on early warning signs of Alzheimer’s

“Am I just forgetful or is it Alzheimer’s?” The question that is considered by thousands of seniors each day will be addressed when six St. Louis area non-profit agencies that advocate for and provide services for seniors sponsor, “How Did My Keys Get In My Refrigerator?…and Other Puzzling Questions.” The program, which addresses how to identify the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and what the next steps and resources are when someone has been diagnosed, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Covenant House/CHAI Apartments’ Milford & Lee Bohm Social Hall, 10 Millstone Campus Drive. Sponsoring Agencies are: Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ Elderlink, St. Louis NORC, Jewish Community Center Adult Services & Nutrition Dept., Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and Covenant House/CHAI Apartments – Community Aging Corporation.

“This is an opportunity to interact with a wide range of substantial support agencies and experts at one time and in one place,” said Covenant House/CHAI Apartments Executive Director Joan Denison. The program will feature a caregiver’s story and video interviews with people coping with Alzheimer’s. Opportunities to privately address questions to sponsoring agency representatives will follow the education program.

The program, including refreshments, door prizes and a special giveaway of Cardinal tickets for two, is free and open to the public. Registrations by Sept. 12 are requested. To register and for information and directions to the location call 314-432-1610.