Free help for Michigan families facing Alzheimer's disease

Workshops will focus on overcoming challenges

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DETROIT - According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and more than 15 million people are providing unpaid care for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.

In spite of that reality, a new survey of more than 1,200 Americans finds 61 percent feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with the disease.

"The survey confirmed what I frequently hear from family caregivers - people feel unprepared to care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's," said Tina Rowley, a  Home Instead Senior Care owner in the Greater Detroit area. "The need for support and education for these families is critical."

In support of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is offering free Alzheimer's training sessions to family caregivers.

The goal of the workshops is to provide support and instruction to local families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease and give them tools to face the everyday challenges. 

Free courses are also available online.

To learn more and find a schedule of upcoming training programs, click here.

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