NEW SUPPORT GROUPS!!! Check out our new support groups in Modesto, Turlock and Galt.
Modesto and Turlock have a patient's support group at the same time and place as the caregiver's support group.
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Find out what's happening at the Alzheimer's Aid SocietyOur Newsletters for January-February 2013 and March-April 2013 have been posted to our website!
Dementia From the Latin words "mind" and "away".
According to The Mayo Clinic Staff - Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Many causes of dementia symptoms exist. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia
Why do you want to know what form of dementia your loved one has?
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and degenerative brain illness, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired. When a person has Alzheimer's disease, several physical changes occur in the brain. Brain cells shrink - or disappear - and are replaced by dense, irregularly shaped spots called plaques. Threadlike tangles will also develop within existing brain cells, and will eventually choke and destroy healthy cells. As brain cells degenerate and die, the brain shrinks in some regions – a process that will continue over time. As the disease advances and affects different areas of the brain, various abilities become impaired resulting in changes to abilities and/or behaviour.
Once an ability is lost, it is not known to return. However, research is now suggesting that some relearning may be possible.
Here is another form of dementia -
There are many causes of dementia. They include Lewy Body Disease, Pick's Disease, Huntington's Disease, Head Trauma and more. You can find out more on page 7 of our Blue Book along with additional help and information on dealing with Alzheimer's.
How You can HELP the Alzheimer's Aid Society
You can attend one of our support group meetings and share your experiences with
others, answer the phone during office hours, or donate items in support of the La Loma Seniors.
Just give us a call at: (800) 540-3340
In Sacramento (916) 483-2002
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