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Dealing with dementia

Barbara Lewis (right) shares a laugh with her daughters, Rosalyn Stiles, (left), and Paula White on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, as they have her sign her name to Christmas cards in her University City home. Lewis, 88, has dementia and three daughters who participate in her care. Photo by Christian Gooden,

A free caregiver and educational conference on Alzheimer's disease will be held at St. Louis University from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

The St. Louis stop is part of the national Educating America Tour by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

The conference provides information about the disease, brain health, support services and caregiving. Participants can get a free memory screening, network with others and interact with experts on Alzheimer's.

The event will be held at the university's Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Blvd.

For more information or to register, visit The foundation also operates a national hotline to handle questions: 1-866-232-8484.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also recently did a six-part series about Alzheimer's and dementia, which includes information on getting a diagnosis, coping and planning. 

Michele Munz is a health reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.