June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is hosting public meetings soon to talk about the brain, brain health, Alzheimers and other dementias.
Rhinelander-based outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the month is set aside to look at the impact Alzheimer's has on families and the challenges those families face supporting their loves ones. She says the meetings give family members help and also raise awareness to help keep your brain healthy.
St. Pierre says the fastest growing demographic in the Northwoods is the group over the age of 65...
"....we know that age is the number one risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. About one out of 9 people have Alzheimer's Disease at the age of 65, but the number increases to one out of three at the age of 85. So with the many people we have in that age in the Northwoods and the influx of people who retire to our beautiful area, we do see the demographic over 65 growing rapidly..."
St. Pierre says the Healthy Living classes are planned for the are area..
"......one of them is in Eagle River and it's this Thursday, June 15 and it's at the Vilas County Commission on Aging at 12:30 p.m. and its 'Know The 10 Signs" that educates people about what kinds of changes to our memory is normal as we age and the signs and symptoms of something more serious might be. How to get a diagnosis and some strategies for dealing with the illness if a diagnosis is made...."
Another class is next Tuesday, June 20, in Rhinelander at 1:00 p.m. at the Oneida Senior Center. The Healthy Living session focuses on 4 areas that we can work on to reduce our risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Pre-registration is encouraged. The Alzheimer's website at ALZ.org/gwwi or they can contact the helpline at 800-272-3900 for more information or the register.