Alzheimer’s Association Offers Timely, Virtual Help

Alzheimer’s disease has always been challenging and isolating, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has only added to the challenges faced by those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including 180,000 in North Carolina.

To help meet the needs of this vulnerable population, their families and their estimated 479,000 caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering free virtual education programs and support groups. Upcoming topics include legal and financial issues, on Dec. 9, and the difficult conversations that need to occur when someone starts to exhibit signs of dementia, on Dec. 15.

“We see it as our duty to ensure that all North Carolina caregivers have access to Alzheimer’s Association resources,” said Lisa Roberts, executive director of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter. “These online programs allow us to connect with caregivers and provide necessary information especially amid the ongoing crisis.”

These programs can help those living with Alzheimer’s and their families prepare to meet the changes ahead:

Legal and Financial Issues
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Concerns about care provision and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial planning specific to the disease. This is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you. This program will be held on Dec. 9.

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning
Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. This program will be held on Dec. 15.

Other programs in December include:

  • Caregiving for the Holidays
  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Healthy Living for your Brain and Body
  • Understanding and Responding to Dementia- Related Behavior
  • Effective Communication Strategies

Each virtual education program is approximately one hour and allows the audience to ask questions and engage with others going through the journey. Attendees are invited to join via video/webinar or through a toll-free number. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required.

For a complete list of upcoming virtual programs or to register for a class, visit or call (800) 272-3900. Participants will be sent conferencing details prior to the date of each virtual program.

For more information on these and other programs, visit

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