About 20 people attended Friday’s Lunch and earn program at the Dallas County Hospital, with Deb Koelln, chief care officer and certified dementia practitioner/master trainer at the Perry Lutheran Home, delivering a talk entitled, “Identify and Understand the Warning Signs and Stages of Dementia.”
Onset warning signs include memory loss, difficulty with planning and problem solving, disruptions in space and time relations, lapses in judgment, struggling for words and others.
Koelln handed out a 10-point checklist for the early detection of dementia and also offered free memory screenings to attendees.
Alzheimer’s disease today affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans of all ages, and one out of every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. As more and more people in the U.S. attain extreme old age, the number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to soar.
The free lecture was part of the Dallas County Hospital Foundation Lunch and Learn series. The next Lunch and Learn event is Monday, Dec. 11 at noon in the hospital’s community room, with Dr. Tracy McIntire and Jamie Rabe discussing women’s health issues.
If you would like to attend, RSVP to Matt Crooks at 515.465.7563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.