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Dementia Awareness Days

BEMIDJI --The Bemidji ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team will host Dementia Awareness Days on Sept. 21-22.  Several workshops will take place during the event. To register for the free workshops, contact Carol Priest at (218) 333-8265 or The trainer will be Deborah E. Richman, vice president of education and outreach for the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota and North Dakota. The schedule is as follows:

  • Volunteer community education training from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Prime West, 3124 Hannah Ave. Participants will learn to lead the Alzheimer’s Association workshops, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” and “Know the 10 Signs.” Participants are asked to commit to leading these workshops in the community.

  • Learning the language: communication and memory loss from 6 to 7 p.m. at Adult Day Services, 620 Carr Lake Road. This class helps those taking care of someone with dementia.

  • Approaching Alzheimer’s will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. or noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Prime West, 3124 Hannah Ave. This training is for law enforcement and first responders was developed in conjunction with police and emergency services teams, and provides practical information to better understand and respond to dementia in the field.

  • Partnering with your Doctor will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Prime West, 3124 Hannah Ave. This training is for people with dementia and their caregivers, developing a good relationship with doctors may result in increased knowledge, decreased stress and an ability to make informed decisions.