Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:39pm admin
Sara Stromseth-Troy TPD Staff
CRESCO - The Cresco Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets the first Friday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Cresco Public Library Program Room (downstairs).
The Cresco Dementia Caregiver Support Group is available for people to build a support system with people who understand the challenges inherent in dementia care-giving.
The Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of people with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on care-giving challenges and possible solutions, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs and concerns, and learn about community resources.
This program is presented by the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter. For more information, please contact their office at: 319-294-9699, or call the Cresco Public Library at: 563-547-2540.
This monthly event is also featured on the Cresco Public Library website and Facebook page ‘Events’ listings, and fliers are available to pick up at the front desk during regular library hours.
Cresco Public Library is handicap-accessible.
According to the Alzheimer's Association website at www.alz.org:
‘Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
‘Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.’