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Alzheimer’s Fair at Colonial Mall

The Mental Heath Association will present an Alzheimer’s Fair and Memory Screenings at Colonial Mall on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. in the J.C. Penney’s wing.

Memory screenings will be by area mental health professionals, and blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be available. Information about Alzheim-er’s disease, elder law and elder care will be available. Call 353-1160.

Amy Pollick

Caregiver program earns Carter award

MONTGOMERY — Often caregiver burnout is a problem for people taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

An Alabama program to teach caregivers how to cope won best of the best recognition as national winner of the 2007 Rosalyn Carter Leadership in Caregiving Award.

Called the Alabama REACH Project, the program helps caregivers, who often put their own health needs aside to cope with 24-hour-a-day demands of an ill family member.

Athens and Limestone County were part of the project at Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging, one of four REACH pilot projects across the state.

The Alabama Department of Senior Services and The University of Alabama’s Center for Mental Health and Aging jointly sponsored the pilot program.

M.J. Ellington

Santa, live reindeer arrive Thursday

Santa Claus will arrive at Colonial Mall on Thursday.

Because he’s only coming to see what local boys and girls want for Christmas and not delivering a sleigh full of presents, only six of his eight reindeer will make the trip with him.

The live reindeer will stay after the arrival ceremony for children to visit up close.

The sleigh arrives at 6 p.m. in the mall’s main front entrance.

The first 200 children who arrive will receive a free gift. Santaland will remain open next to Belk’s through Dec. 24.

Paul Huggins

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