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Making stronger connections with people living with Alzheimer's

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CARTERVILLE -- The Alzheimer's Association held a program Wednesday at John A. Logan College to help people make meaningful connections with loved ones who have Alzheimer's.

"A lot of times, it can be scary trying to communicate with somebody with memory loss, we don't know exactly how to approach it, so this program kind of breaks down the barriers, like communication, repetition and behavioral problems," said Becky Doiron, with the Alzheimer's Association.

Doiron said about 220,000 people are living with the disease in Illinois.

She encourages people to take advantage of their 24-7 hotline at 1-800-272-3900.

"If you're looking for more education programming, call the number," said Doiron. "You're in the house, you're stressed, it 's two in the morning, you don't know what to do, call the number."

Organizers encourage anyone looking to host a program similar to this event to contact Becky Doiron at bdoiron@alz.org.

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