Alderbrook Village will start an educational series next week, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, the four-part series will take place once a month, ending Dec. 12.

These classes are free and open to anyone in the Arkansas City community.

“Our educational series will be held every second Tuesday at 6:30,” said Alderbrook Village’s Cindy Kegley.

“This program is an effort to help our community and to support them in any way we can. There are over 44 million worldwide and more than 5 million people in the United States living with some form of dementia.

“It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. We are focused on caregivers, being that there are over 15 million American caregivers.”

Steve Harader, with Home Buddy, will be the first guest speaker. Oct. 14 will feature speaker Rachael Carrell, of RNBC. Sarah Long, with the South Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging, will speak Nov. 14.

The final speaker of the series will be a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Refreshments will be provided at each session.

Alzheimer’s support group

Alderbrook Village also is host to a new monthly Alzheimer’s caregiver support group.

This group meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

“Our Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday. (It is) a confidential place where loved ones can connect with others,” Kegley said.

The Alderbrook Village support group provides a place for caregivers, family and friends of people with dementia to:

  • develop a support system;
  • exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and solutions;
  • talk through issues and ways of coping;
  • share feelings, needs and concerns;
  • learn about community resources.

Alderbrook Village is located at 402 E. Windsor Road in Arkansas City.

Call (620) 442-4400 or email with questions.