A free lecture, “Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics,” will take place on Wednesday Jan. 18, 2012 from 1-2 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, located at 22900 Market Street in Santa Clarita.
Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, the lecture will address memory loss and aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease – a condition that ultimately ravages one’s memory and brain function. Seen most often in people over 65, Alzheimer’s can also strike persons in their 40s and 50s (referred to as “early onset” Alzheimer’s).
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Alzheimer’s, which produces impairment of one’s intellectual and physical abilities, severely worsens over time. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that the average life span from time of noticeable Alzheimer’s symptoms is about eight years, however, survival can actually range from four to 20 years depending on age, health conditions and other variables.
Diana Sevanian, Senior Center Health Education and Wellness Program Director, urges seniors, adult children of seniors with memory loss/dementia, and caregivers to attend the lecture.
“This information is of vital importance,” said Sevanian, a veteran nurse. “There are tremendous stressors associated with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Not only do you have the heartbreak of knowing your loved one has developed this cruel, degenerative brain disease, but, as a family caregiver, you will no doubt also acquire some significant emotional, physical, and financial responsibilities. You’ll need all the helpful support and information you can get.”
Thanks to ongoing research, new drugs are available that temporarily help slow Alzheimer’s progression, but none to date actually halt the disease,” Sevanian explained. “Hopefully in time, newer, more promising drugs will evolve, but until then, Alzheimer’s remains the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of dementia.”
This informative Senior Center event is part of its ongoing Health Education and Wellness program lineup. In addition to free weekly lectures, the program facilitates numerous free health exams throughout the month, annual flu shots, the Los Angeles County Smarter Seniors Forum (Feb. 15, 2012) , Caregiver Resource Day (March 10, 2012), and many other health and consumerism–related events.
No pre-registration is necessary to attend the Alzheimer’s lecture.
For further information about this event or other facets of the Senior Center’s Health Education and Wellness program please contact Diana Sevanian at (661) 255-1588 ext. 128.
Please note: The Senior Center’s Supportive Services Department provides support groups designed to help people affected by stressful situations in life such as bereavement and care-giving for loved ones. Led by psychotherapist Judith Harris, M.A., M.F.T., that support lineup includes:
Emotional Support Group Tuesdays 10:00 to11:00 a.m.
Grief Support Group Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.to noon
Caregiver Support Group Fridays 9:30 to10:30 a.m.
Caregiver Workshops Fridays 10:30 to11:30 a.m.
For further details contact the Supportive Services Department at 255-1588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org