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Alzheimer’s Discussion Held At Area Libraries

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that will gradually destroy its victim’s ability to think clearly, communicate, make decisions, remember, and learn.  Perhaps even more frighteningly, it can also generate a change in personality and behavior.

Three Metropolitan Library System libraries will be continuing a series of discussions called “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s.” The presentations will be at the Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller on August 25, 2008 at 10:00am, at The Village Library, 10307 Pennsylvania, from 11:30am on Friday, September 5, 2008, and at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, on September 25 at 10:00am.

“If you are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s, or another memory loss disorder” said Village Library manager LaVetta Dent, “this free program will have something to offer you.”

The library programs will include topics such as understanding the disease of Alzheimer's, warning signs and risk factors, care giving issues, the 10 warning signs and available resources.

The sessions are co-sponsored by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which works throughout central and western Oklahoma to provide education, services, and support to all whose lives are affected by Alzheimer's and related dementia diseases.

 “Odds are one-in-eight that baby boomers will be struck by this disease,” Dent added.

It is estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association that 70 percent of all sufferers with the disorder live at home, and as their condition worsens the burden placed on family caregivers increases.  Demands on time, money and emotional support can become overwhelming.  The stress and strain can become so great, caregivers’ lives can be changed permanently.

For more information, please call the Bethany Library at 789-8363, The Village Library at 755-0710, or the Edmond Library at 341-9282.

 

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The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park