At Tuesday's meeting, Denise Tomko of Home Instead Senior Care spoke to the club about Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than 3 million people each year, and impacts cognitive function and spatial reasoning. Using her own experiences with her mother, she illustrated the difficulties and challenges of  caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. She also presented some of the myths that accompany the diseases, including: 
  • Myth: Dementia and Alzheimer's is just normal aging. Fact: Alzheimer's and dementia are not due to normal aging. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
  • Myth: There are medicines that will prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease. Fact: There is no cure or prevention, but doctors and experts are working to treat the symptoms, and use therapies and supportive services for individuals with Alzheimer's. 
For more information on Home Instead, please visit: https://www.homeinstead.com. For more information on Alzheimer's, please visit: http://www.alz.org/‚Äč