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Probus learns about Dementias and Alzheimer's
by Sandy Lindsay

March 22, 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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Probus members and guests listened as Sandra Hong explained Dementias and Alzheimer's

The Women's Probus in Saugeen Shores had the opportunity to learn more about Dementia and Alzheimers at their monthly meeting on March 22nd at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.

Dementia is recognized as being a fast growing disease and, in Canada since 2011, almost 750,000 are now living with Alzheimer's and other dementias which represents an increase of almost 15 per cent.

Sandra Hong of the Alzheimer Society gave Probus members and guests a background on the disease and also steps that can be taken to help alleviate its progress and steps that caregivers can take to help deal with family members who may have dementia.

One in five Canadians of 45 or older provides some kind of care to seniors living with long-term health problems.  The statistic also represents some $11billion in lost income with caregivers spending more than 444million unpaid hours.

"Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's can be frustrating and difficult," says Hong.  She also pointed out that there are steps that can be taken to help, such as  maintaining a routine, ensuring there is safety, helping with personal grooming,  ensuring that transportation is available, maintaining nutrition and exercise by remaining active.

"Many don't realize that there are several forms of dementia," added Hong, "with some that are reversible and treatable.  Some can be due to diet or vitamin deficiencies, drug abuse, depression, alcoholism and other causes.

A key role in living with dementia or providing care, is understanding behaviors which may change and overcoming a perceived stigma that may still remain.

To learn more, or to talk with a professional about Alzheimer's and other dementias, or to find out about services that are available, go to www.alzheimer.ca or call 1-800-616-8816. or email: info@alzheimer.ca

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