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New program for young onset Alzheimer's

by jmaloni

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Wed, Feb 11th 2015 10:20 am

Although it is more prevalent and more likely to be medically recognized in those over the age of 70, Alzheimer's disease can be diagnosed in those who are much younger.

The Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter is offering a two-part program for those recently diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer's, which means before the age of 65. The program will include a discussion about working, driving, relationship changes and more. It is also a way for those facing this disease to meet others in the same situation and share the frustrations and triumphs that accompany such a challenge. Care partners also are welcome to attend.

The classes are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, and Friday, March 6, at the chapter office at 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6 (corner of Harris Hill), Williamsville. Registration, required to attend, can be completed over the phone at 1-800-272-3900.

More than 5 million Americans, including close to 55,000 across Western New York, are living with Alzheimer's and related dementias.

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