What is the difference between normal memory loss and symptoms of dementia?
To mark Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17, 2013), the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a number of classes geared toward outlining the differences between forgetfulness and dementia, and recognizing when loss of memory may be an indication of more serious cognitive problems.
“Every single day, we answer calls about issues just like this,” explains Chapter Executive Director Leilani Pelletier. “It is the most common question we are asked, which is why we reach out to the public to educate them, and to help whenever and wherever we can.”
Classes will be offered in each of the eight counties served by the chapter: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus.
“These classes are open to everyone, and will include basic information on the warning signs of dementia and ways you can improve your memory,” said Chapter Education and Training Director Meghan Fadel. “We’re also very excited about a special presentation by renowned UB Assistant Professor Dr. Kinga Szigeti, who will talk about local research studies that are focused on memory disorders.”
On Friday, March 15, from 10-11 a.m., the Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital will host one of the classes, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.”
For more information on other classes and to register call 800-272-3900:
The Alzheimer’s Association staffs a free helpline that is available 24/7 to answer questions about dementia, caregiving, and various other education and support services at 800-272-3900. Information can also be found online at www.alz.org/wny.
2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures:
More than 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease, including 55,000 in the Western New York region, and more than 15 million family members and friends provide some kind of care for those individuals. It’s estimated these caregivers provide $210 billion worth of unpaid care, while dementia-related costs covered by Medicare and Medicaid top $140 billion. Read the report at: www.alz.org.