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Alzheimer's presentation at Senior Center

The Oakes Times of Oakes, North Dakota

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Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and the nation's sixth leading cause of death. More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, including North Dakota with 14,000. The national number is estimated to grow to as many as 16 million by year 2050, according to the Alzheimer's AssociationĀ® 2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures report.

If you or someone you know is providing care for an individual with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, help is available. The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota provides a variety of services for persons with Alzheimer's or dementia, caregivers, family members, and professionals. Services include a 24/7 Information Help Line, Care Consultation, Education Programs, In-Person Support Groups, Telephone Discussion Groups, Safety Services, and more. The North

Dakota Dementia Care Services Project (http://ruralhealth.und. edu/pdf/assessment-of-the-north-dakota-dementia-care-service-program.pdf) began in January 2010, with funding from the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, to the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter. Care consultants meet with people with dementia and their caregivers to increase knowledge and decrease caregiver stress by assessing needs; identifying issues, concerns, and resources; developing care plans and referrals; and providing education and follow-up. Services are available statewide, and at no cost to North Dakota residents. Services can be accessed by calling our toll-free 24/7 Information Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or by calling your local Care Consultant. For services in Region 6, counties Wells, Foster, Griggs, Barnes, Dickey, Lamoure, Mcintosh, Logan and Stutsman please contact Beth Olson, Regional Care Consultant for the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota/North Dakota at 701-952-0800, cell 701-350-0131 or

Beth will be at the Oakes senior center on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11 speaking from 11:30 to 12:00 on Understanding Memory Loss. It is open to the public. If you or someone you care for has memory problems, this program will help you understand the difference between memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Participants will learn about various diseases that can cause dementia symptoms, including Alzheimer's disease, the effects of dementia on thinking; and what to do if you suspect memory loss.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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