Senior Center to host Alzheimer’s discussions

Wil Petty

February 27, 2014

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, the sooner it can be detected, the better off a family can be.

This is why starting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10, the Ashe County Senior Center will be hosting a series of discussions presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina.

Every 68 seconds, somebody in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Glenda Luther, the Volunteer coordinator for Ashe County, said the Alzheimer’s Association will do a presentation once a month from March through the summer for people to learn more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

“The discussions will focus on the different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease,” Luther said.

Luther said the first discussion will focus on knowing the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s.

A major difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia, is that Dementia is considered a symptom while Alzheimer’s is an actual disease.

Some of the topics which will be covered include learning the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, the difference between normal aging and the disease, debunking the myths surrounding Alzheimer’s and how to live a lifestyle which keeps your brain healthy.

“We have been hosting these talks for the last few years,” Luther said.

The discussions will be presented by Meghan Lawton, who serves as the development and program manager for the Foothills/Hickory region of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina. Lawton also serves as a member of the Ashe County Memory Task Force.

For more information about the discussions, call the Senior Center at (336) 246-4347.

Wil Petty can be contacted at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.