Martha Jefferson HealthWise--June 20th

Aging, Memory and Alzheimer's Disease Class

June 21st

2:00-4:00

Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center

Free

Registration required, call: 434-982-7009 or 1-888-652-6663

The class is 2 hours. We'll have a neurologist and attorney and Ellen from the Alzheimer's association to talk about physical, legal and financial implications associated with memory loss. What changes can be expected with normal aging, as compared with signs and symptoms of memory impairment and Alzheimer's, how to plan for health care, financial and legal needs for yourself and for aging family members.

When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down, but having a healthy brain is crucial role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling and remembering.

Ellen Phipps of Martha Jefferson Hospital discusses the latest developments in the management of Alzheimer's Disease. The more you use the brain the more you have a chance to maintain it. Some of the things you might do everyday are going to help you keep your brain in shape. Eating the right foods, exercising and keeping fit, the same sorts of things we do for heart health. Another way to energize the brain is to do word games, crossword puzzles and memorization. Lastly, studies have shown that those who stay socially active and involved are less likely to suffer loss of brain function.

We all have experienced memory loss, but no need to fret. We are all allowed a certain amount of forgetfulness. It's when daily functions become impaired and normal routines are interfered with by forgetfulness that concerns should be raised. A person experiencing this type of behavior should consult a neurologist.

There is a class offered at Martha Jefferson Hospital which speaks of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and what is actually happening to the brain. Also, we discuss what to expect as things progress with the diagnosis. An attorney, Mr. Vitt, will go over what it actually means to get your financial and legal documents in order. This is a crucial part of the process and needs to be addressed. Lastly, we will educate people about the disease and being as prepared as possible. Information on these classes is at the top of this article.


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