News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 3, 2012

Free workshop on Alzheimer’s in Sullivan



“Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” — a free workshop on Alzheimer’s disease, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Sullivan County Public Library. There is no fee to attend the session, but registration is requested by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. The library is at 100 S. Crowder St. in Sullivan.

This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory-loss issues and what they mean. Typical aging versus problematic memory changes will be covered as well as descriptions of the various causes of dementia. An overview of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, causes and risk factors and information on obtaining a diagnosis will also be covered.

Today, approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, making Alzheimer’s disease the sixth leading cause of death. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias amount to more than $200 billion annually.

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