NORWAY – Western Maine Health will sponsor a free seminar on Alzheimer’s disease presented by the medical, nursing, social services and activity directors at Market Square Health Care Center. The presentation will focus on research, symptoms and signs, care and treatment and resources available for the patient and caregivers.

The program will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Harper Conference Center, lower level of the Ripley Medical Building, 193 Main St.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Those who would like to attend should call 753-5933, ext. 332, or e-mail [email protected] The evening includes a free buffet dinner.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease; the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s has more than doubled since 1980. More than seven out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where family and friends provide almost 75 percent of their care.

“It’s important for caregivers to recognize that they cannot nor will they be able to handle the disease of a loved one on their own. Many people who are caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease feel alone, but they must realize that there is help and resources available,” Marianne Gallo, social services director at Market Square, advises.

Dr. James Eshleman, a geriatrician who specializes in care of the elderly, and staff members from Market Square Health Care Center, including Sheila Belle-Isle, nursing director, Marianne Gallo, social services director, and Lynne Whitney, activities director, will present and advise on how to recognize, treat and seek medical, financial, and resource assistance when encountering the disease in a loved one.

“It’s challenging to distinguish when memory loss travels beyond the normal aging process and once Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed how and where to get help,” Belle-Isle said.

The educational program is a Best of Health Seminar sponsored by Western Maine Health – part of its commitment to promote good health in the community through education, outreach and quality care.

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