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ENID, Okla. — As the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s continues to grow, the Alzheimer’s Association is working to educate communities about its warning signs, how to be an effective caregiver and ways to lower the risk of cognitive decline.

More than five million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, including 65,000 in Oklahoma.

The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with Integris Senior Life and The Commons to offer a series of free educational programs at two different locations in Enid every third Wednesday of the month.

Over time, Alzheimer’s robs its victims of memories and the ability to communicate with and respond to the world around them. The disease carries a heavy burden for family members, too. In Oklahoma alone, 224,000 people are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

Lisa Bland-Selix, Integris Senior Life program coordinator, encourages caregivers and anyone touched by or interested in learning more about the disease to attend.

“Too many people live alone with this isolating disease,” she said. “We hope by getting this information out there that people find comfort in knowing there are support systems and resources available to help them on their journeys.”

Series topics include: Under­standing Alzheimer’s and Demen­tia; Effective Com­munication Stra­tegies; Dementia Con­versations; Under­standing and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior; and Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research.

The presentations are made 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Integris Senior Life in the Bass Pavilion, 401 S. 3rd. To RSVP, contact Bland-Selix at (580) 234-6060 or by emailing

The second presentations sponsored by The Commons are held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Country Inn & Suites, 710 Mill Run. To RSVP, contact Jeff Jackson at (580) 237-7625 or email jjackson@thecom

In addition to education programs, the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter offers local support groups and Care Consultations free of charge.

To find all the programs and services near you, visit or call the 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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