Learning About And Coping With Alzheimer’s, Dementia -SHGM Offers Free Program
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is offering programs for people to learn more about the risk factors, diagnostic process and brain changes related to Alzheimer’s and dementia, starting with a quarterly program on February 8 and an individual consultation on February 16. Both events are free and open to the public.
“When you or your loved one doesn’t seem to remember things as well as you or they once used to, it can be overwhelming and frightening,” said Sally Wagoner, RN, who is organizing the programs. “That is why it’s important to understand and know the signs and differences between...
...normal memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Attending our Alzheimer’s program can help people better understand memory loss and dementia to better cope with the challenges of the disease itself.”
The sessions will be held at Tamarac, 1401 W Main Street in Fremont. The quarterly program on February 8 is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the individual session on February 16 is 9 a.m. to noon.
Dementia is a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change and impaired intellectual functions that result from disease or trauma to the brain. These changes are not part of normal aging and are severe enough to impact daily living, independence, and relationships.
This free program is for the general public who want to know more about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is also for people who have family members with memory loss or dementia so they can learn more about the process of the disorder.
A trained Alzheimer’s Association staff specialist will lead families in how to deal with the challenges of a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The first step is to understand what distinguishes normal memory loss from dementia symptoms, and how to identify the different types of dementia. The more people understand about dementia, the more they can do to improve the outcome and preserve a sense of control.
To register or for more information, call 231.924.3073.
In addition to the quarterly program and individual consultation in February, Tamarac also hosts Alzheimer’s-dementia support groups that meet the fourth Thursday of each month, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for families, caregivers and their loved ones for coping with memory loss. No registration is needed.