Panel discusses dementia

According to the National Institute on Aging, many forms of dementia, and specifically Alzheimer's disease, can be irreversible, slowly destroying memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear after age 60. Experts suggest that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease.

It is possible to plan for end-of-life issues for dementia patients, and to take care of the families who cherish them in their last years, months and days? The final lecture in an educational series, co-sponsored by Jackson County libraries and COHO: Choosing Options, Honoring Options, will help guide you and your family through the process and provide resources and caring help.

Dr. John Forsyth will introduce a panel of guests and provide an overview of the clinical progression of dementia from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Panelists represent agencies, organizations and care management teams that guide families with dementia patients through the difficult process and often agonizing trajectories of decreasing function.

For information, call Susan Hearn, COHO Program manager, at 541-941-5960.

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