Dementia can be a frightening diagnosis, both for the individual and for their family. People often experience a range of emotions from anger and relief to denial and depression. And that is only the beginning. As short-term memory begins to fade, people look for help. In addition to mainstream healthcare resources, many people often turn to alternatives for explanations for the symptoms, treatments that might prove effective and advice from a variety of sources, including the Internet.
“Dementia: Setting the Record Straight” will review the current medical science on the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In addition, alternative options and therapies will be discussed ranging from dietary supplements and herbal sources to individual therapies and non-FDA approved medicines.
“A dementia diagnosis can be devastating,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources. “Families and patients both need to approach the diagnosis with hope, information and realism. There’s lots of misinformation circulating. This presentation is an opportunity to get good information and ask important questions.”
Sessions are free. No RSVP is required. The informational presentation will be held at four different sessions:
- Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Wheelock Public Library, 3722 N. 26th in Tacoma
- Nov. 17 at noon at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma
- Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W. in University Place
- Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Key Center Fire Station, 8911 KP N in Lakebay
“Dementia: Setting the Record Straight” is sponsored by the Pierce County Long-term Care Ombudsman Program and Aging & Disability Resources. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. The presenter, Linda McCone, a clinical pharmacologist, will address some of these alternatives along with the facts that we know about the disease, suggestions on coping with the effects, the available treatments, and what to expect from long-term care options. Resources for caregivers, as well as for those with dementia, will be highlighted.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted living facilities. The purpose is to protect and promote the Resident Rights guaranteed these residents under Federal and State law and regulations. Ombudsmen are particularly dedicated to advocate on behalf of residents who are unable to speak for themselves.
Bob Riler, Community Connections
Scott Kinney, Community Connections