Helping Alzheimer's Helpers

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

February 20, 2007

With more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, more people need to take care of their loved ones. Now, there are classes to help people learn how.

The Alzheimer Association launched a program called Memory U, which is a series of classes to teach people to be caretakers and introduce people who are going through the same thing.

Martha LeClere took the Memory U classes because her husband suffers from a form of dementia.

"It has shown me that I am one of many, that some other people have far greater problems than I do, but that the help is here, is available and all I need to do is reach out," said LeClere.

About 33,000 people suffer from Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the central and western region of Virginia the association reports.

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