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Published By S. Humphries on October 31, 2019

Encore Cafe Presentation | St. mark's Methodist Church 

Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness was the topic presented during the Encore Café at St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids on October 15, 2019. Stephanie Humphries, owner of Right at Home and licensed physical therapist, provided this information as she does monthly during her Lunch and Learn series on Healthy Aging.

She began by describing normal brain function and how this evolves with the aging process. This was then compared to how brain function changes with the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. An audience member asked how Alzheimer’s Disease is different from Lewy Body Dementia. Both are forms of dementia that have overlapping symptoms of cognitive decline including problems with memory and language. A big difference between them is that Lewy Body Dementia is characterized by early issues with balance, ability to walk, hallucinations, and other psychiatric symptoms whereas Alzheimer’s Disease manifests as progressive memory loss, language disruption and difficulty performing everyday tasks. If you or someone you know is living with either of these diseases it is important to educate yourself and establish a support structure.

Right at Home caregivers can be a component of this structure by providing companionship for individuals with Alzheimer’s or respite services for family members who are caring for a loved one with the disease.

If someone you love is in need of care, contact us today.

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