We provide SUPPORT GROUPS, as well as the 4th TUESDAY ROUNDTABLE EDUCATION, with the goal of providing dementia education and support. We have support groups in the Lake Havasu and Parker ar

Support Group • 2nd Tuesday • 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Covenant Church, 113 N. Acoma, Lake Havasu.

* Activities/respite group available for loved ones.


Support Group • 3rd Tuesday • 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Covenant Church, 113 N. Acoma, Lake Havasu.

* Activities/respite group available for loved ones.


4th Tuesday Roundtable Education • 4th Tuesday • Dementia Series – The More We Know 10:00am to 12:00pm
Community Presbyterian Church, 3450 Chemehuevi Blvd., Lake Havasu.


Parkinson’s Support Group • 2nd Wednesday • 1:00pm to 2pm
Community Presbyterian Church, 3450 Chemehuevi Blvd., Lake Havasu


About Dementia – Definition

• Dementia is a general term that describes a group of symptoms-such as loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual function-caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons.

• One or more of several diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, can cause dementia.

• Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in persons over the age of 65. It represents about 60 percent of all dementias.

• The other most common causes of dementia are vascular dementia, caused by stroke or blockage of blood supply, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Other types include alcohol dementia, caused by sustained use of alcohol; trauma dementia, caused by head injury; and a rare form of dementia, frontotemporal dementia.

• The clinical symptoms and the progression of dementia vary, depending on the type of disease causing it, and the location and number of damaged brain cells. Some types progress slowly over years, while others may result in sudden loss of intellectual function.

• Each type of dementia is characterized by different pathologic, or structural, changes in the brain, such as an accumulation of abnormal plaques and tangles in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and abnormal tau protein in individuals with frontotemporal dementia.

Warning Signs

Although every case of Alzheimer’s disease is different, experts have identified common warning signs of the brain disease. Remember, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and it is important to look for signs that might indicate Alzheimer’s disease versus basic forgetfulness or other conditions. With Alzheimer’s disease, these symptoms gradually increase and become more persistent.

If someone is exhibiting these symptoms, the person should check out his or her concerns with a healthcare professional. Awareness of these warning signs is not a substitute for a consultation with a primary care provider or other qualified healthcare professional.

Typical warning signs include:

• Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, placement of objects, and other new information

• Confusion about time and place

• Struggling to complete familiar actions, such as brushing teeth or getting dressed

• Trouble finding the appropriate words, completing sentences, and following directions and conversations

• Poor judgment when making decisions

• Changes in mood and personality, such as increased suspicion, rapid and persistent mood swings, withdrawal, and disinterest in usual activities

• Difficulty with complex mental assignments, such as balancing a checkbook or other tasks involving numbers.

Diagnosis:

• Clinicians can now diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with up to 90 percent accuracy. But it can only be confirmed by an autopsy, during which pathologists look for the disease’s characteristic plaques and tangles in brain tissue.

• Clinicians can diagnose “probable” Alzheimer’s disease by taking a complete medical history and conducting lab tests, a physical exam, brain scans and neuro-psychological tests that gauge memory, attention, language skills and problem-solving abilities.

• Proper diagnosis is critical since there are dozens of other causes of memory problems. Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

• The sooner an accurate diagnosis of “probable” Alzheimer’s disease is made, the easier it is to manage symptoms and plan for the future. Click here to gain insight into the new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s disease released in April 2011, as discussed by Marie A. Bernard, M.D., deputy director of the National Institute on Aging and one of the experts who helped develop the criteria.

Click here to learn more about community memory screenings, including those provided during AFA’s National Memory Screening Day each November and Community Memory Screenings year-round. Results of screenings during these initiatives do not represent a diagnosis, but can indicate whether someone should pursue a full medical examination. We at the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Connection of Havasu provide free memory screening. Just email or call us at 928.855.6000 to set your appointment.

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