U of I Extension offers free program on communication with people with dementia

When a relative or friend has dementia, communication can be very difficult, especially as the disease advances. Forgetfulness, agitation, repetition, and mood fluctuations can make visits stressful or frustrating, and many caregivers or loved ones worry they will say or do the wrong thing.

University of Illinois Extension will provide information about common communication problems caused by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and strategies for better interactions and visits.

This free seminar is provided in cooperation with the Association for Home and Community Education.

An Extension Educator will lead the program via webinar from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at three local Extension offices - Naperville, St. Charles and Yorkville.

Registration is required by Wednesday, March 20, to prepare materials. Space may be limited.

To register for the session near you, contact that county's Extension office:

• In DuPage County, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Naperville, call (630) 955-1123

• In Kane County, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, call (630) 584-6166

• In Kendall County, 7775B IL Route 47, Yorkville, call (630) 553-5823

Or, email with the county in which you plan to attend, and the topic, your name, address and phone number.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact your local University of Illinois Extension office listed above. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

This lesson is sponsored by the HCE and the University of Illinois Extension. HCE is an organization that works to enhance the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences encouraging responsible leadership and service to the community.

For more information on Extension programs in your area, visit

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