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Alzheimer’s and Dementia coalition helping families of loved ones during the holidays 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia coalition helping families of loved ones during the holidays 

Kearney, Neb. – The Buffalo County Community Partner’s coalition, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association and Asera Care, will be offering a free Holiday Tips presentation on November 29th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Peterson Senior Activity Center in Kearney. The presentation will include a dinner, graciously provided by Asera Care.

At the event, there will be presentations from Dorann Bartels (CHI Good Samaritan Hospital) and Gwen Jacobitz (Homestead Assisted Living Residence), on holiday tips and gift giving for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia; Thomas W. Tye III (Tye & Rowling law firm) will be presenting on legal issues to address at first Alzheimer’s or Dementia diagnosis; and Lori Reiner (Alzheimer’s Association) will speak about communicating with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

A total of 33,000 Nebraska residents 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s, and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the state. The Community Partner’s coalition aims to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s and Dementia by building community partnerships, increasing education and heightened awareness.

Community Partner’s wellness coordinator, Ashleigh Galles, says “the Holiday Tips presentation is a great opportunity for all families and caregivers of those impacted by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Our coalition strives to provide as many resources as possible to help families in the community understand and learn more about the changes their loved ones are going through. The holidays can be difficult to navigate for those experiencing Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and this presentation will help bring light to how to properly and effectively communicate with your loved ones during this time of year.”

The Holiday Tips event is a part of the Give Where You Live series sponsored by Buffalo County Community Partners. Attendees will have the opportunity to decorate this year’s giving tree with support for more resources for families in 2019.

To RSVP for the event, or for any questions, please contact wellness coordinator, Ashleigh Galles, at or 308-865-2287.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia coalition is powered by Buffalo County Community Partners, a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County through the promotion of the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The 2020 Vision introduces five strategic directions and targets for attainment by the year 2020. For more information on how you can assist in building a healthier Buffalo County, visit

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