A free program especially for family caregivers will take place Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 9 a.m.

The event will offer information about Alzheimer’s Disease and caregiving, and will also provide an opportunity to reflect, regenerate and gain a new perspective on your caregiving issues.

Local and statewide experts who specialize in aging and Alzheimer’s care will present topics that are valuable to family caregivers of persons with dementia.

The training is designed specifically for family caregivers and is therefore only open to those who are family caregivers.

There is a limited amount of grant money to cover the cost of respite care while a caregiver attends the training. This is available on a first come, first serve basis and is eligible to those in Fayette, Scott, Jessamine, Madison, Clark, Anderson, Woodford and Shelby counties.

Please call Kelly at 859-323-6990 for more information.

The program will take place at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2808 Palumbo Drive, basement conference room, Lexington, 40509. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 The event is free, but registration is required and the deadline is Dec. 1.

The agenda begins at 9 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast.

The schedule is as follows:

9:15 a.m.: “Understanding Dementia” with Dr. Gregory Cooper, Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology, Memory Care Clinic.

11 a.m.: Break

11:15 a.m.: “Caring for the Caregiver” with Regina Goodman with the Bluegrass Agency on Aging and Marie Smart, who is retired from the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Noon: Lunch

12:30 p.m.: “Who Can You Turn To?” offers a variety of dementia care community resources

1 p.m.: “Communicating Tips” with April Stauffer, Alzheimer’s Association

1:45 p.m.: Break

2 p.m.: “Understanding and Responding to Behaviors” with Kelly Parsons, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging

2:45 p.m.: Break

3 p.m.: “Safety in the Home” with Stephanie Freeman, Baptist Health Medical Group Neurology, Memory Care Clinic

3:45 p.m.: Questions and answers, closing remarks, evaluations.