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WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH: September is World Alzheimer’s Month and today is World Alzheimer’s Day. More than 6 million Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s disease, and Alzheimer’s related deaths are up 16 percent during the pandemic.

¯ Most people don’t know that Alzheimer’s Disease can be detected years before it becomes a problem, slowed and even reversed.

¯ Spending time with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease can be like being with a stranger.

¯ Being the immediate caregiver to an Alzheimer’s patient can be frustrating and stressful.

¯ Alzheimer’s disease is much more than just memory loss. It is a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that eventually can be fatal.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: The Warren Health District, 258 E. Market St., Warren, will host child immunization clinics 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. A special clinic day is set 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

All clinics are walk-ins with no appointment necessary. An updated shot record for each visit is required. A $21.25 administration fee is charged. Medicaid is accepted, and participants are asked to bring an insurance card. For information, call 330-841-2596.

WATER BOTTLE FITNESS: SCOPE Senior Services now offers a free Water Bottle Fitness class with Jim Marlowe 1 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the YWCA building, 375 N. Park Ave. Warren. Call 330-399-8846 to reserve your seat in the class.

Water bottle fitness therapy is what it sounds like, participants create movement while holding a full water bottle or other unique item that Marlowe comes up with to have a safe and fun way to help get seniors fit. Marlowe, of Cortland Healthcare Center, has been conducting this unique style of exercise for several years.

These free sessions work on balance, fall protection and safety at home. It’s for beginners and designed for those who should exercise. It is adaptive for all ages, even those with physical issues. Whether a senior needs rehab or balance training, this class will be quite helpful. Call 330-399-8846 for more details.

NAMI DECLARES “MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: The Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is encouraging the Mahoning Valley to declare “Mental Health Matters” and walk on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Wick Park, 260 Park Ave., Youngstown.

The “Mental Health Matters” Annual NAMI Mahoning Valley Walk will begin at 1 p.m. Judge Robert Rusu, Judge Anthony D’Apolito, and Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti have been invited to open the walk.

The walk is to bring the community together to support others and themselves dealing with mental illness.

ADDICTION HELP: The Trumbull County Combined Health District urges residents to help slow the increase of overdoses in the community by taking advantage of free Narcan through the Trumbull County Combined Health District.

Narcan quickly reverses the effects of opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, and anyone can be trained by one of the districts to administer the life-saving medication and receive a free kit containing two doses.

For a kit or more information, call the Trumbull County Combined Health District at 330-675-2590, Ext 3.

ALZHEIMER’S GROUPS: The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups available free to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one affected by the disease or another form of dementia.

For more information, go to www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/daily-care-plan. Help is available 24/7 at the helpline, 800-272-3900.

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