LANCASTER, Ohio (April 8, 2013) – Dr. Elizabeth Walz, a neurologist at Fairfield Medical Center, will be presenting the program, Understanding Dementia: The Causes, Connecting with Your Loved One and Coping with Caregiver Stress, on Monday, May 13.
Fairfield Medical Center, Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living (SOCIL), and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) are sponsoring this presentation to help the community better understand dementia and how to cope as a family. Everyone from family members and those with aging parents, to physicians, nurses and home health aides are invited to attend this free community program.
Dr. Walz specializes in dementia care at Lancaster Neurology. In the program, she will describe the disease process and give suggestions on coping with caregiver stress. She will also provide information to help people learn ways to connect with a person with dementia. "The disease limits our ability to connect with a loved one," Dr. Walz said. "My hope is that after attending this presentation, people can better cope with the diagnosis of their loved one and increase quality of life as much as possible.”
Dementia is an umbrella term describing a variety of diseases and conditions that develop when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. This includes an estimated 5 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 85 and older have Alzheimer's disease. Early diagnosis and treatment is very important in management of the disease process.
The presentation is from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Rooms located on the second floor at FMC, 401 N. Ewing St. in Lancaster. It is free and open to the community; however, seating is limited, so registration is requested to attend. Call Linda McDonald at SOCIL (740) 689-1494 ext. 12. Everyone attending will receive a packet of helpful information on dementia, to take home with them.