Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Where Are My Keys? Separating Facts from Fear About Memory Loss

Wednesday May 20th 7:00 p.m.

Did you know that if you live to be 85 years old you have a 50% chance of having dementia? So what is dementia and how is it different from Alzheimer’s disease? When it comes to memory and aging, what’s normal and what’s not? How do family members and caregivers adjust when someone they love is diagnosed with dementia? Learn the answers to these questions and many more in a relaxed, friendly, interactive presentation facilitated by Silverado – The Huntington, and The Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter.

Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Did you know there are reversible dementias as well as irreversible dementias? What are the most common types of dementia? What are the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease? How is someone diagnosed and how long does it take? How do the symptoms of dementia affect family members and caregivers? While there is currently no cure for most progressive forms of dementia, it doesn't mean we're powerless against them. Mounting research is building an understanding that there may be ways to slow the progression and change the pathologies of many common dementias, giving those afflicted with them and their families the possibility of more precious, fulfilling moments together.

Susan Howland is Director of Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, Southland Chapter and Theresa Adams, Community Ambassador at Silverado – The Huntington, will work together to help separate fact from fear about memory loss and aging. In addition, Liz Perrigue, Certified Senior Advisor from Visiting Angels will give a brief overview on the difference between home health and home care.

Bring your questions, your curiosity and a friend. All are welcome, refreshments and giveaways will be provided.