Alzheimer’s will be the topic of discussion at East Central College this Friday, April 11.

Kim VanCamp with the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis will be the opening speaker at 12:30 p.m.

Her presentation will be followed by several breakout sessions.

Dawn Yates will discuss financial issues related to Alzheimer’s. Another breakout session will feature a panel of experts on living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

A representative from The Voice, a clearinghouse that assists seniors and caregivers in finding long-time care solutions, also will be present.

The event is the second in a series of free presentations on issues affecting families hosted by the psychology and sociology departments at ECC.

Dr. Bill Cunningham, associate professor of sociology, noted that activities will wrap up at approximately 4 p.m.

A grant from the Franklin County Area United Way allows the college to offer the session at no charge.

Preregistration is required since space is limited.

To reserve a spot, people may call 636-584-6658, or email

Refreshments will be provided by The Arbors at South Pointe.

Cunningham noted that the speaker series is designed to let families know about the resources available in the community.

“We want to connect people with the experts in the field who can offer support and provide some direction as they struggle with this disease,” he said.

Another afternoon session is set for Friday, May 9. The topic that day will be domestic violence.

That presentation will follow the same format as the April event with a speaker to open the event and breakout sessions the remainder of the afternoon.