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. 
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