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With the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias expected to escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages, Alzheimer’s has been chosen as the topic at a forum hosted by East Central College this Friday (April 11).


Kim VanCamp with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be the opening speaker at 12:30 p.m. Her presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions. All activities will be held in the Health & Science Building on the Union campus. 


Dawn Yates will discuss financial issues related to Alzheimer's.  Another breakout session will feature a panel of experts on living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer's.  A representative from The Voice, a clearinghouse that assists seniors and caregivers in finding long-time care solutions, will also present.


The April 11 event is the second in a series of free forums on issues affecting families hosted by the psychology and sociology departments at ECC.  Dr. Bill Cunningham, associate professor of sociology, noted that activities will wrap up at approximately 4 p.m.


A grant from the Franklin County Area United Way allows the college to offer the session at no charge.  Pre-registration is required since space is limited. To reserve a spot call 636-584-6658 or email: .  Refreshments will be provided by The Arbors at South Pointe.


Cunningham noted that the forum series is designed to let families know about the resources available in the community.  " Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's.  We want to connect people with the experts in the field who can offer support and provide some direction as they struggle with this disease," he said.


Another afternoon forum is set for Friday, May 9. The topic that day will be  domestic violence.  That presentation will follow the same format as the April event with a speaker to open the event and breakout sessions the remainder of the afternoon.

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