While the on-going COVID-19 pandemic still threatens the health of millions in this country, it continues to create additional challenges for people living with Alzheimer’s, including 180,000 in North Carolina and their estimated 479,000 caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter is continuing to offer free virtual education programs and online support groups to help all North Carolina caregivers and their families.

Launched in May in response to the impact COVID-19 was having on those affected by dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association now offers a number of education programs that can help those living with Alzheimer’s and their families understand what to expect so they can be prepared to meet the changes ahead.

“From the health risks of COVID-19 to the social isolation caused by the pandemic, we serve a vulnerable population. We see it as our duty to ensure that all North Carolina caregivers have access to Alzheimer’s Association resources,” said Katherine Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “The COVID-19 crisis continues to alter daily lives, but the needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers persist. These online programs allow us to connect with caregivers and provide necessary information especially amid the on-going crisis.”

Two new topics being added in October include a two-part series “Living with Alzheimer’s – For Late-Stage Caregivers” and “Dementia and the LGBT Experience” both of which are even more important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as caregivers strive to care for individuals living with dementia at home or at a distance, Lambert said.


Living with Alzheimer’s – For Late-Stage Caregivers

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. In this two-part series, participants will hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

Living with Alzheimer’s – For Late-Stage Caregivers is being offered on Oct. 14 and 21. Participants are not required to attend both parts, but it is recommended.


Dementia and the LGBT Experience

Learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss in the LGBT community during this brief community-focused listening/discussion session.

This program will take a look at the importance of increasing resources and outreach to the aging LGBT population. It will explore the unique factors that put this group at potentially higher risk for developing dementia, and the resources that may be needed for them and their loved ones as they age. Dementia and the LGBT Experience is being offered on Oct. 7.


Other programs in October include: 

• 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.

• Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

• COVID-19 and Caregiving.

• Advancing the Science – The Latest in Alzheimer’s and

  Dementia Research.

• Understanding and Responding to Dementia- Related


• Effective Communication Strategies.

• Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal

  & Financial Planning.

• Caregiving for the Holidays.


Attendees are invited to join via video/webinar or through a toll-free number. 

There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. For a complete list of upcoming virtual programs or to register for a class, visit alz.org/northcarolina/helping_you/virtual-offerings or call 800-272-3900. 

Participants will be sent conferencing details prior to the date of each virtual program.