Two virtual programs will help those preparing for difficult conversations after a dementia diagnosis as well as those currently residing in independent living communities who want to learn more about available resources if they notice a cognitive decline.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will host those two virtual programs in May.

At noon Friday, May 14, a Dementia Conversations program will help attendees learn about three of the most difficult conversations families face after a dementia diagnosis – conversations about doctor visits, driving and legal and financial planning.

The program will feature tips from experts as well as stories from Hoosier families about how they navigated these topics during their own journey with dementia.

“For many people who are affected by dementia, hearing from others who are going through the same journey helps them to feel less alone,” said Stephanie Laskey, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter program director, in a news release. “This program is a great opportunity to learn about what works – and what doesn’t – from those who have experienced these difficult conversations firsthand.”

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, a program is designed specifically for residents of independent living communities and their loved ones.
Attendees will learn about dementia risk factors, the stages of the disease, the latest research and treatments that can help alleviate some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Independent living communities offer a number of benefits that help reduce the risk of cognitive decline, such as social interaction and activities that encourage regular exercise, but it is important that residents have an understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia and the resources available to them if they do start to show signs and symptoms of the disease,” Laskey said.

Registration for these special programs is free. For more information, go to and click on “join a virtual education program” or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.