Workshop, Clinic to Provide Information about Memory Loss, Foot Care for Diabetics

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Workshop, Clinic to Provide Information about Memory Loss, Foot Care for Diabetics


Memory loss, diabetes screenings and emergency alert buttons sponsorships. Lots to talk about this week.

Early memory loss can be a nebulous yet terrifying thing. What is normal aging and what constitutes the beginnings of dementia?

Think about your life. Did you forget to pay a long-standing bill or are you having trouble managing the checkbook and budgeting? Did you get turned around and distracted in the grocery store or are you finding shopping to be overwhelming and the store difficult to maneuver, even though you have shopped there for years? Have you missed an appointment at work or are you struggling with successfully completing routine daily tasks?

See the difference? We all have problems occasionally with forgetfulness but when the memory lapse begins to interfere with normal living, it is time to take a hard look at the situation.

If you are starting to panic, don't. There's a pretty wide gap between early memory loss and early dementia and an Alzheimer's diagnosis. Not to mention that early dementia can be caused by any number of reasons that have nothing to do with Alzheimer's disease.

Your first step should be getting as much information as possible. To that end, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, My Friend's Place and Dementia Care Strategies will present "Losing your Memory? Now What? A Day of Information and Resources," Wednesday, May 8, for people experiencing early memory loss or early dementia. This free workshop can help reduce your fears by providing valuable insight and support.

The comprehensive workshop will take place 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at My Friend's Place Adult Day, First United Methodist Church, Bangor. It is for anyone experiencing early memory loss or has an early dementia diagnosis and caregivers.

There will be presentations and overviews of memory loss, dementia, "normal" forgetfulness, driving issues, adapting home environments, increasing home safety, tell tale signs to watch for, what changes to expect regarding memory loss and legal preparations to make. …

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