MOUNDRIDGE — The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to informing the public about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive impairment.

By raising awareness, the association hopes to boost early detection and hopefully improve outcomes for those affected by the disease.

“With early detection, you can get the maximum benefit from available treatments. You can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer. You may also increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research,” said Breana Tucker, program director of the Alzheimer’s association in Wichita.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease affects more than 52,000 Kansans. Alzheimer's disease is not only a public health crisis, but an economic burden because over 150,000 caregivers provide hundred of millions of hours in unpaid care to their loved ones.

The association has shared this information with affected individuals and their caregivers since 1986. The organization will host a presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian St. in Moundridge.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sharon Erwin will be presenting: "Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging" and "If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts."

"This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more," Tucker explained.

Over 5 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer's or related dementia and the association wants everyone to know the signs.

The association continues to do these presentations because the public gains an immense amount of knowledge and a better understanding of these diseases.

The Alzheimer's Association is devoted to providing resources for those affected by this disease. The association offers a 24/7 helpline, support groups, education events and conferences, early stage engagement programs, online resources, respite care grands and much more.

For more information or to reserve seating, call 800-272-3900, the association's office in Wichita at 316-267-7333 or visit their website at http://alz.org/cwkansas.

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