Not All Memory Disorders are Created Equal: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Speaker: Karen Phoenix, Project CARE Family Consultant Western Piedmont Council of Governments
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia now impact more than five million Americans and are a leading cause of death among aging persons. People are living longer and, as the baby boomer population ages, the number of aging adults and their adult children who are affected is projected to increase dramatically. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, or any other type of dementia, can be overwhelming, not only to the patient who has been diagnosed, but also to adult-children and other family members. It is important for families to know the facts about symptoms assessment and diagnosis; the clinical stages of the disease’s progression; emerging research; current medical treatments; and non-medical caregiving options and resources. This program is designed to help adult children understand Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related types of dementia so they can help their parents manage these diseases and choose the resources and supports that best help their aging parents and themselves.
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