Lion’s Club hears about Alzheimer’s

Published 3:02 pm Thursday, August 19, 2021

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For Lions attending the most recent meeting of the Bainbridge Lions Club, Mrs. Kathy Varner provided helpful information about age related memory decline and specific issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease. She told the Lions that Alzheimer’s now ranks sixth among the leading causes of death; while some new drugs have recently been shown to help some people, there is no cure for the disorder. It is one of many types of dementias that interfere with thinking, behavior, and the activities of daily living.

While many families are faced with the challenge of providing for someone impacted by memory loss, each situation is different. Some families are faced with perplexing issues relating to personality changes, in addition to the loss of someone in the family circle. The Alzheimer’s Association offers practical assistance and real support for families and caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900 to provide information and referrals to local resources. Mrs. Varner also shared the list of ten warning signs that assist with early detection; she explained how momentary forgetfulness is different from the disorder that develops with Alzheimer’s.

Our community will again join with supporters across the country in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The local walk will be held on the square in Bainbridge on October 23, 2021; registration begins at 9 am, with a ceremony at 9:30 and the walk beginning at 10 am. You can contact Chrystal Bell at 229-238-9941 to participate or offer support in any way.

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