Alzheimer's group offers 'The Memory Café'

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

WHO: Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

WHAT: Alzheimer's Services"The Memory Cafe" is an outlet for socialization,

education and fellowship among individuals with Early/Younger Onset

Alzheimer's and their families.

WHEN: Fourth Saturday of each month

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Rosemary Conference Room, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA

MORE: Alzheimer's disease beginning before age 65 is known as "early onset" or

"younger-onset" dementia. Many people assume that Alzheimer's and other causes of

dementia only affect older people. In fact, about one person in every 1,000 below the age

of 65 develops dementia. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with

Early/Younger Onset Alzheimer's, please contact us to get on the list to join "The

Memory Café". Please call or email Dana Territo, Director of Services, 225-334-7494 or

services@alzbr.org.

Individuals diagnosed with Early/Younger Onset experience various problems emerging

from work and/or home. They may also suffer a loss in relationships and have difficulty

in marriage. Household income drops as they may be forced to leave work, or worse, are

let go due to loss of skills and memory. Additionally, spouses often reduce their workload

or quit their jobs to become full-time caregivers. Most medical benefits and many social

support programs do not provide assistance unless the person with Alzheimer's is over

the age of 65. The cost of providing long-term care for a person with Early Onset

Alzheimer's is very expensive. Individuals and families typically pay for services out of

their own pocket. A social network with others experiencing the disease and similar

issues is needed for them to sustain their quality of life.

Partially funded by the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Credit Union Group of the Credit

Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation, these monthly scheduled meetings will have

programming that benefits the individuals. Input from the participants and their particular

needs also will assist in planning the agendas. The Memory Café' will offer a structured

program to stimulate brain health and memory.