We attended the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Seminar in Southfield

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Today we attended an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Seminar in Southfield, MI. It was titled “The Journey” and was organized by the Alzheimer’s Association and the University of Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center. There was a TON of fantastic information including: Preparing for the road ahead, who are your passengers (your support team), and Loading Zone: Starting to build your tool kit – which focused on planning ahead.

Here is some specific information we thought was important to families with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s: Dementia: Not a Normal Part of Aging There is often confusion between the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia refers to a group of symptoms caused by changes in brain function that may include:

  • Asking the same question repeatedly
  • Becoming lost in familiar places
  • Getting disoriented about time
  • Being unable to follow directions
  • Neglecting personal safety, hygiene and nutrition
  • Building Your Social Supports:
  • Engage in positive relationships to maintain your wellness
  • Family support
  • Friends
  • Find a confidant
  • Church support
  • Support groups for individuals with memory loss and care givers
  • Community services that offer home care

This information was provided to us by: Bruno Giordani, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology Director, UM Neuropsychology Section Interim Chief Psychologist University of Michigan Health System

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