Alzheimer’s Association offers aid classes in St. George and Kanab

ST. GORGE The Alzheimer’s Association’s Utah Chapter is offering a 10 week class free to registered participants that will provide a benefit for those with early stage memory loss or dementia diagnosis and their care partners in helping them function better and function longer.  A group of highly trained and qualified presenters will be providing the tools and resources necessary to participants as they face the challenges of memory loss illnesses.

“There are seven stages of dementia”, said LuAnn Lundquist, Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter’s state education coordinator.  “The first one is where the disease process is evident in brain pathology, but few symptoms are evident.  Stages two through four are very important stages to recognize and be active in maintaining brain health as well as making preparations and decisions for the future. After stage 4 many of those opportunities are limited.”

The class will help those people with an early diagnosis plan for this future. It is a ten week series that is meant for the person with memory loss and their primary care partner. Professionals in the community present on matters of importance to the group and provide connections to available resources. These include presentations in legal and financial preparation, pharmaceutical and alternative remedies, brain health and nutrition. Within the second hour the participants attend either a brain builder activity group or a care partner training and support group.

“We have really seen a lot of success in the past with clients who have attended this course”, said Lundquist. “Alzheimer’s and dementia can be a scary disease, but with this course, our clients walk away feeling better prepared and empowered to face the future”.

Symptoms of memory loss can be caused by several completely reversible conditions. It is important to quickly see a doctor to rule out those conditions. If the diagnosis is an illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease, there are things that can be done in the early stages to help the person function better and function longer.  There are also proactive decisions that give voice to the person with memory loss in the future.   It is important to face this life event early. Being in denial during the early stages can make a family miss the opportunity to potentially improve the situation.

Participants may register for this class series by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association.  The classes will start on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in St. George.  The 10 week series ends on March 28, 2012.

Classes on caring for individuals who suffer from dementia will also begin in Kane County.

The group will meet at the Kane County library, 374 North Main Street, Kanab, Utah, in the board room on Wednesday, Jan, 11 at 2 p.m.

Topics to be addressed will include Best Communication Practices, How to Partner with Your Doctor, and Legal Planning.

This workshop shows great community interest and will become a monthly support group and workshop to benefit care partners caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia throughout the Kane County area,

The class is designed for people dealing with dementia issues and will provide insight as how to prepare and enjoy life, and provide the best caring environment that is possible.

For questions contact:

LuAnn Lundquist- Alzheimer’s Association 435-628-8565

David Isom- Southern Utah Home Care & Hospice

435-644-2200 or 634-9300

For more information and to register please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 435.628.8656

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1 Comment

  • Dr Andrew White January 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

    ALZ is a rough disease got everyone involved. I’m glad to see this suport system taking shape.

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