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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Interesting, informative Understanding Memory Loss presentation held at LRSC

  • It was standing room only in the Chautauqua Gallery at LRSC for the presentation from the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota Monday evening titled “Understanding Memory Loss.”
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  • It was standing room only in the Chautauqua Gallery at LRSC for the presentation from the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota Monday evening titled  “Understanding Memory Loss.”
    Ashley Magner’s scholarly description of the latest research on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia was accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation to illustrate each point she covered from the warning signs, to causes, to the stages of the disease, to programs and support North Dakota provides for those who suffer and their families.
    She stated that North Dakota is the only state in the union that offers a Dementia Care Program. “They saw the need for support and services and the legislature acted on it,” Magner said.
    She commended local volunteers who are part of an Alzheimer’s support group who helped make the presentation on Monday possible.
    Magner pointed out that Alzheimer’s is the fourth leading cause of death in North Dakota. It is not a normal part of the aging process.
    She adeptly answered many of the audience’s questions throughout her presentation which consumed the ninety-minutes allotted; Is it genetic? Is it hereditary? Is there a cure? What are the treatments? It is caused or made worse by the foods you eat? All good questions.
    Magner described the differences between Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. She also talked about the latest in research, how it could benefit those who are diagnosed early to one day live symptom free for much longer.
    She emphasized the importance of programs that are available for everyone throughout the state like the North Dakota Family Caregiver Support Program available through the N.D. Department of Human Services Aging Services Division, 1-800-451-8693, website www.carechoice.nd.gov and e-mail carechoice@nd.gov
    In Devils Lake you can call 701-665-2200.
    The Alzheimer’s Association of North Dakota has two main offices, in Fargo at 2631 12th Ave. S. Suite C, 701-277-9757 and in Bismarck at 1110 College Drive, Suite 216, 701-258-4933.
    The toll-free number is 1-800-272-3900.

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