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 Wyoming Perspectives: Coping with Alzheimer’s

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Wyoming Perspectives: Coping with Alzheimer’s

AlzheimersProgram host, Margaret Benson, and expert guests will discuss many topics and issues involved with Alzheimer Disease including diagnosing the disease and coping with its impacts on a loved one . The panel of experts will include, Martha Stearn, MD; Carol Taylor, LCSW from the St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health in Jackson, Wyoming; Rev. Dr. Cathie Hughes, CEO of SW WRAP in association with the Wyoming Aging & Disability Resource Center; and Clarke Turner of Casper, family caregiver.

The effects of "Alzheimer's" on the human brain will be discussed as well as resources and strategies for caring for individuals impacted by this heartbreaking disease. Alzheimer Disease is the most frequent cause of irreversible dementia in adults. Intellectual impairment progresses gradually from forgetfulness to total disability. Diagnosing the disease and coping with its impacts on a loved one involve their own unique skills and challenges.

Additional Resources

St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
http://cognitive.tetonhospital.org/ 

Free Memory & Cognitive Evaluations for U.S. Veterans

For a limited time, United States veterans residing in Wyoming and Idaho have access to FREE memory and cognitive health evaluations conducted by medical professionals from St. John’s Institute for Cognitive Health 
The institute is located on the upper level of the Professional Office Building, Suite 218, at 555 East Broadway at the St. John's Medical Center campus, Jackson, Wyoming
For information call 307 -739 -7434

Wyoming Dementia Care Casper, Wyoming, 
contact:  Mary Hein  307-265-9404  http://www.acaringhome.org/  
 (Sponsors a support group for caregivers for Alzheimer's patients  in Casper, Wyoming, First United Methodist Church,  corner of 2nd and Durbin Streets, first and third Thursday of every month, 10:030 a.m.)

SW WRAP -contact for Wyoming Aging & Disability Resource Center
contact:  Rev. Dr. Cathie Hughes  1-877-435-7851 P.O. Box 189, Green River, Wyoming   82935
http://www.swwrap.com/ or http://www.swwrap.com/index.php/home/

Margaret's book reference for Alzheimer's patients'  caregivers:
The 36-Hour Day (4th Edition)
A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, Other Dementias, and Memory Loss
in Later Life.  by Nancy L. Mace, M. A. and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
A John's Hopkins Press Health Book
ISBN# 10:0-8018-8509-4

Aging With Dignity- "The Five Wishes" (Living Wills)
http://www.agingwithdignity.org/five-wishes.php

Alzheimer's Association: 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's
alz.org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.asp