Health First Aging To Present Dementia Seminars

By  //  October 5, 2012

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East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA —  The East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, a service of Health First Aging Services, is sponsoring free educational events on “Understanding Lewy Body Dementia” in October to raise awareness about this lesser-known dementia affecting 1.3 million Americans.  

The two October sessions are geared toward family members caring for a loved one with LBD and will provide an overview of the disease, what to expect, as well as local resources available to help:

• Tuesday, October 9, 1:30 to 2:30 pm

The Sunflower House at Merritt Square Mall

777 E. Merritt Island Cswy. (SR520), Merritt Island

*Call 321-452-4341 today to reserve a seat.

• Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 am to Noon*

Health First Aging Services

The Center for Family Caregivers

3661 S. Babcock St., Melbourne

*Call 321-434-7625 today to reserve a seat.

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a progressive brain disease that is misdiagnosed more often than not.  In a study by the Lewy Body Dementia Association, family caregivers reported that LBD was NOT the first diagnosis in 78 percent of cases.

Despite an estimated patient population of 1.3 million people in the United States, LBD is most often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or a psychiatric disorder.

“Given the growing population of older Americans, at some point in your life LBD will likely affect someone you know,” says Angela Herron, President of the Lewy Body Disease Association’s (LBDA’s) Board of Directors.

“The general public and far too many primary care doctors and nurses have never heard of LBD. In addition to trying to manage a very difficult disease, LBD families find themselves in the unanticipated role of educator and advocate.”

To learn more about LBD or to join LBDA’s awareness movement, “A Month to Remember”, visit www.lbda.org.

Lewy Body Education & Support Group

In addition, the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic facilitates a Lewy Body Education & Support Group monthly on the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 am at Sonata of Melbourne, 3260 US 1, in Melbourne.

To arrange on-site respite care during the Support Group meeting for a loved one with dementia, contact Linn Possall at Sonata at 321-600-4747, Ext. 3013.

The East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic is a service of Health First Aging Services.

The East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic is a service of Health First Aging Services, and is funded primarily through the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative of the State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the purpose of providing services for individuals in the community who are concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease or related disorders.

For information about our support group or any of our services, you can call the Memory Disorder Clinic at (321) 434-7612, press 6, or visit www.Health-First.org/Aging


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