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Alzheimer’s Association receives grant

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates held its Spring Grant Award Program on May 15.

During the ceremony, the PACF awarded the Alzheimer’s Association a grant of $6,500.

The grant will expand Alzheimer’s Association care and support services in the rural counties, including Wood County and surrounding counties, through the expansion of the community education program. This will include the recruitment and training of volunteer educators with community expertise.

The funds will provide for new Alzheimer’s Community Educator volunteers to be:

* Identified through staff outreach to the communities in Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.

* Recruited, screened and trained by expert staff to function in their home communities as Alzheimer’s Community Educators.

* Supported by staff with ongoing education, resources and technical assistance in planning, promoting, providing and documenting Alzheimer’s Community Education.

Alzheimer’s disease is life changing — not only for the person living with the disease but for family and friends as well. Those affected typically know neither what to expect from the disease nor the best ways to deal with its many challenges, officials said. In addition to being overwhelmed emotionally, they may have many practical questions about what the disease will do to the diagnosed individual and how to prepare for its inevitable progression, officials said.

This grant is made possible through support from the Galbraith Fund for Mental Health, Marion R. Layton Memorial Fund and the Walter E. & Marie Ausenheimer Memorial Fund.

The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is 800-272-3900 or visit volunteer.alz.org to look at local opportunities.

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