Alzheimer’s & Dementia Education “Knowing The Signs” Hosted At Spring Gardens Senior Living

Issue 37.12

Of Americans aged 65 and over, 1 in 8 has Alzheimer’s, and nearly half of people aged 85 and older have the disease.  It’s safe to say that Alzheimer’s disease has become an epidemic in the United States.  While deaths due to other diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and even HIV are have decreased by 13%, 20%, and 29% respectively, the number deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease has increased by an astounding 66% (from years 2000-2008)!  An estimated 800,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s (more than one in seven) live alone.  Of those who live alone, up to half of them do not have an identifiable caregiver, which puts them at an increased risk of malnutrition, injury, and poor living conditions.

While these numbers may seem grim and even daunting, there is so much that can be done to keep one’s mind healthy and alert and so much that needs to be done to help those suffering from this disease as well as their families.  In an effort to provide meaningful information about this disease and the steps that can be taken to ebb its effects and support those who suffer, Spring Gardens Senior Living will host LuAnn Lundquist, Education & Outreach Director for Southern Utah’s own Alzheimer’s and Dementia Society.  From her many years of experience as an educator and caregiver, she will be educating us on what to look for, signs and symptoms. Also, LuAnn will be able to educate our community on what is available for support.

Please join us on Thursday, 9/20 from 5:30-6:30pm in Spring Gardens Senior Living Community’s Great Room for this great opportunity to learn and become more aware.  Light refreshments will be served.

Spring Gardens Senior Living would also like to remind you of our Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group that is held in our beautiful Great room on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 1pm-3pm. For more information please feel free to call 435.688.1622 and ask to speak with Tiphanie Scott or Candace White.

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