Losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s can be very difficult because they are often lost before they pass due to the memories vanishing. Today MSU Meridian hosted an Alzheimer’s workshop in order to better educate the public on the most common type of Dementia.
“Previously it was thought that dementia or hardening of the arties or sanility was just part of aging, and therefore no one would do anything about it. But, we now know that it’s not a normal part of aging and that we should be able to preserve our memories until we die.” -Denish Lafferty, Chief of Operations at Mind Center, UMMC Jackson
Memories, especially the little ones can be the most important. One woman in attendance comes to these events often to help care for her mother with Alzheimer’s, who receives 24/7 care from family members and friends.
“But for us, coming to things like this, we’ve learned the little things end up being the big things. We’ve learned what makes her happy, and it might be watching an Elvis Presley movie or country music or whatever, and as you learn those things you bring those into her world. Last year I bought a convertible, and I put a call cap on her and I ride her for hours. We may go get a milkshake or something like that.” -Brenda Golisch
These workshops have many vendors who offer a wide range of services for different levels of Dementia along with educated guest speakers within the medical field. Golisch claims these workshops help in aiding the public to better care for their loved ones battling with Alzheimer’s.