Hospital set to offer Alzheimer’s programs

PICKENS — Cannon Memorial Hospital, along with the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association, is offering a one-hour workshop on “Alzheimer’s Basics” on Thursday, June 25, from 10-11 a.m. at the hospital.

The presentation will provide information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more.

Cannon will also offer an afternoon “QuickWitz” workshop from 3-4 p.m. on the same day. The presentation is designed to teach participants a series of hands-on, fun and interactive activities to keep the aging brain sharp. The workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Becky McLaughlin, creator of QuickWitz, will facilitate the program.

“Many families in Pickens are living with a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia,” Cannon community relations director Kathryn Gravely said.

“Alzheimer’s disease affects us all. Cannon chose the month of June to offer a series of Alzheimer’s programs to Cannon staff, our Pickens faith community, and to our community as an awareness and support campaign. Cannon is also seeing if there is an active interest in the Pickens area for an Alzheimer’s support group. If there is, we hope to start a group at Cannon with the support of the SC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.”

For more information or questions about the upcoming programs or to indicate interest in a Pickens Alzheimer’s support group, call Gravely at (864) 898-1252.