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This event will educate about Alzheimer’s, dementia
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Dr. Chris Recknor speaks during an interview at the Center for Advanced Research on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The Center for Advanced Research and Education is one of two sites in Georgia performing a clinical study for patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease or memory problems that may have early symptoms of the fatal disease. The trial involves a drug that has shown it may prevent or stop the buildup of plaques in the brain that lead to the disease. - photo by Austin Steele

A community forum on Feb. 11 will provide information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Community members will be able to ask questions about the disease, share their personal experiences, and learn about available resources and volunteer opportunities. The Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter will host the 9 a.m. event at Lanier College and Career Academy. It will be the chapter’s first forum in Hall County.

Amy Johnston, a spokeswoman for the Georgia chapter, said the association wants to expand its reach as Alzheimer’s and dementia become more common.

“We’re doing this throughout the state, but we’re choosing communities we feel need additional support, whether it’s through the Alzheimer’s Association or things that we refer out,” she said. “We also want to hear from the community as far as needs that they are looking for.”

Johnston said people who are 65 or older are at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s. About 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, she said, and Alzheimer’s cases are expected to increase by about 30% over the next five years in Georgia.

The Georgia chapter knows of 150,000 people in the state with Alzheimer’s, and 5.8 million people have the disease nationwide. 

In Hall County, a caregiver support group meets at New Horizons Lanier Park, with the next meeting set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. The association also has a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-272-3900 to offer support.

Johnston said the community forum will be used to determine needs for additional resources in Hall.

Alzheimer’s community forum

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11

Where: Lanier College and Career Academy’s The Oaks Building, 2723 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville

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