July 23rd, 2019

SACPA to discuss Alzheimer’s, dementia

By Kuhl, Nick on March 14, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably. And the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion for the persons living with dementia, their families and caregivers.

Today, during the regular weekly Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs session, set for noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, speaker Shari Remus will present “Are We Dementia Friendly?”

Remus is regional lead of community relations for The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and North West Territories, Lethbridge area.

Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities and Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.

The speaker will explain how those living with a diagnosis can still live a quality life with the right supports. Public awareness and understanding are needed to remove the stigma associated with dementia.

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