Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia which can result in memory loss and other intellectual challenges serious enough to interfere with daily life. It accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Our brains change as we age and eventually we notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work may be a sign that brain cells are failing.

As Alzheimer's progresses, it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place. Often individuals with Alzheimer's become suspicious of family and friends. In many cases, people with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer's may find it hard to recognize they are having problems.

The challenges for loved ones is understanding what the nature of the disease is, putting a plan in place to deal with issues and identifying resources to help.

Topics in this session will include:

  • An overview of the disease and the challenges it presents
    • declining capacity
    • other potential problems
    • warning signs
  • A description of professionals who are trained to assist individuals and families
    • Neurologists
    • Care managers
    • pharmacists
  • Family Issues
    • Caregiver challenges when a loved one has Alzheimer's Disease
    • Making decisions about how to provide the best care
    • Factors that affect communication and caregiving
  • Resources
    • Community resources to support the process
    • The value of caregiver support groups

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