Learn to understand the behaviors of dementia

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month.

The Waushara County Department of Aging Services and Aging and Disability Resource Center will host a Healthy Aging Lunch & Learn program titled Understanding Behaviors of Dementia on Monday, June 17, to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Those who attend will gain a deeper understanding of memory loss with a presentation by Michele Peterson, BSA, MHA, and Executive Director for Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh. Peterson will present strategies and tips for dealing with the behavior of persons with dementia. This will be an interactive presentation and those who attend will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Brian Donaldson, Di-rector of Waushara County Paramedics Services, will discuss the CareTrak system, a radio frequency tracking system for locating persons who have wandered or gotten lost. This free service is available to those who have loved ones of any age who are at risk of wandering because of dementia, cognitive disabilities, and some forms of autism.

Memory loss is not a normal part of growing older. For most, there is no reason to be concerned. For some, memory loss can become progressive, and treatment options may be available. The Waushara County Aging and Disability Resource Center staff offers confidential memory screens. A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It creates a baseline so future changes can be monitored. The preliminary test takes 15 minutes to complete and can be scheduled on Monday, June 17 or another day of your choosing.

 

The Understanding Be-haviors of Dementia program will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Waushara County Courthouse, lower level. The public and local businesses are invited to attend.  Bring a lunch of your choosing or order a box lunch from the Department of Aging for a fee. For more information, to order lunch or to schedule a memory screen, call (920) 787-0403 or 1-877-364-5344.