Learn how to help at ‘Dementia Friends’

‘Dementia Friends,’ a free presentation sponsored by Lakewood Health System (LHS), will be held Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m., at Motley United Methodist Church.

‘Dementia Friends’ means learning about dementia and the ways you can help.

This informative seminar will focus on the symptoms and treatments of dementia. Speakers include LHS employees Bobbe Anderson and Amanda Mithun.

According to a press release, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease today; and someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds. 

The 10 early warning signs for dementia are:

o Memory loss that disrupts daily life

o Challenges in planning or solving problems

o Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure

o Confusion with time or place

o Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

o New problems with words in speaking or writing

o Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

o Decreased or poor judgement

o Withdrawal from work or social activities

o Changes in mood and personality.

Attendees of the seminar will discover tools for helping people with dementia still enjoy their lives and hobbies; and to live independently longer. Refreshments will be served.

Motley United Methodist Church is located at 847 3rd Ave. S., across from Countryside Restaurant.

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