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CLINTON — The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a set of two free educational programs for the general public in Mercy North Hospital’s Conference Room A, 1410 N. Fourth St., on May 15 and May 22.

Both classes are from 4 to 5:30 pm. Pre-registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900.

The May 15 class, Effective Communication Strategies, addresses successful strategies and tips in communicating with a person living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease.

The May 22 class, Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior, identifies the reasons why people living with dementia exhibit difficult and challenging behaviors and will give attendees a number of effective tools for coping with and managing these challenges.

Both programs are suited for the general public, caregivers, or for anyone with an interest in Alzheimer’s and related diseases, and will be facilitated by Jerry Schroeder, MSSW, program specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association for more than 13 years.

Advanced registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900. To register online, visit, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events. For more information contact Schroeder at (563) 293-8056 or at

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.