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Tech Students Learn About Alzheimer's Arkansas

Janet Nelson of Alzheimer’s Arkansas visited Arkansas Tech to share with students information about how to support a person with dementia.

Janet Nelson of Alzheimer’s Arkansas visited Arkansas Tech to share with students information about how to support a person with dementia.

Nelson presented to Dr. Jason Ulsperger’s Social Gerontology class recently on all of the different forms of dementia as well as the different treatments, symptoms, stages, and treatment strategies of Alzheimer’s.

Nelson also told students about the work that Alzheimer’s Arkansas does to support those suffering with the disease.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas provides 24 hour toll free support services, support groups, family education programs, and some forms of financial assistance.  The organization also does community awareness programs to teach others more about Alzheimer’s and how it can affect anyone.

In her presentation to Tech students, Nelson said that “Over 5 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s in the United States. Though there is no known way to prevent it, certain lifestyle measures may have the ability to hinder its development.”  She encourages people to avoid head injuries, and to consider some of the research that implies exercise may provide benefits related to dementia.

To help with Alzheimer’s Arkansas, Dr. Ulsperger is putting together a commodity drive for the organization.  If you are interested in contributing to the drive contact him at 479-968-0464 or julsperger@atu.edu

For more information on Alzheimer’s Arkansas contact their main office at 501-224-0021

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