Area residents are invited to come take part in the first of six community presentations taking place at Duncan Regional Hospital Pavilion, 1407 N. Whisenant, Duncan, OK 73533 on Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m.

People of all ages and experiences are encouraged to come join the conversation with the hope to make a difference in the lives of our area residents young and old. Registration is appreciated. Reserve your spot by calling Micah Harper at (580) 353-1190.

“We know there is a need for support and services for Alzheimer’s in Stephens County,” said Paula Huckabaa, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association. “This education series will provide answers to questions our community has.”

Community Conversation includes:

May 14, 2019: The 10 Warning Signs

Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

June 11, 2019: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Learn about detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

July 9, 2019 : Effective Communication Strategies

Understand the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage.

August 13, 2019: Dementia Conversations

Get tips for having honest and caring conversations about: deciding when to stop driving; going to the doctor; and making legal and financial plans.

Sept. 10, 2019 : Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and employ different strategies to alleviate challenging situations.

October 8, 2019: Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Discover lifestyle habits that can help maintain or potentially improve health and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline.

The fight to end Alzheimer’s is growing more urgent every day. There are 65,000 people in Oklahoma alone struggling with the disease, that number is projected to reach 76,000 by 2025. It is important now more than ever have open conversation about the disease.