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Forgetting Something? Workshop Delves into Alzheimer’s

June 7, 2012

JACKSON, Wyo. - Forgetfulness can be a part of normal aging - or a sign of Alzheimer's and other memory disorders. A workshop today in Jackson will provide insights on the differences.

Catherine Carrico, deputy director of the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center, says the workshop will cover the basics to help people know what to expect as part of healthy aging - and when there might be a problem.

"What are normal lapses in memory? What are things that we all forget? We all go to the grocery and forget to get trash bags. When should you become concerned, and when should you let your doctor know?"

Forgetfulness that interferes with daily life, disorientation and changes in personality or behavior are hallmarks of memory disorders, Carrico says. Those newly diagnosed with memory disorders and their families need support and help, she says, and locating resources isn't always easy in Wyoming.

"People are scared of Alzheimer's. Health-care providers are being faced with an enormous burden and it's going to continue to grow at a very rapid rate."

The Wyoming Geriatric Education Center is offering the workshop in partnership with St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health. Special information for health professionals also will be provided at the workshop, scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Snow King Resort. Fee for the workshop is $55. Details are online at uwyo.edu.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY