The basics of Alzheimer’s

HARLINGEN — On the heels of a successful and well attended first meeting in late June, Janice Workman is at it again for August.

Thrilled with a good turnout, Workman said those interested who attended prove there is a need in Harlingen and the Rio Grande Valley for more information about Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s why on Aug. 15, she will lead another presentation on the disease as well as related memory loss diseases.

Workman watched her mother, aunt and grandfather all suffer through the debilitating disease.

Knowing how difficult it is, she wants local residents to be more informed about all the facets of the disease.

That is why she is organizing these talks — this one about the basics of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

She hopes the talks continue to gain steam and inform more people in the Valley.

“The idea is to educate,” Workman said.

It’s also a place to find others for support.

Years ago, Workman said she was unable to find the support she needed here in the area.

Instead, she found it on message boards through the Alzheimer’s Association.

She would like to see much more support in this area for those going through the struggles she did.

There are Alzheimer’s Walks in Brownsville and Edinburg.

Workman has been involved with the one in Brownsville, which has been going on for a few years.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Basics: Memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias program

WHERE: Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 15,

WHY: To learn about Alzheimer’s and find a place for support

HOW: Free – but space is limited, so sign up at the library’s reference desk or call 216-5821

The Basics covers the topics of …

Symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia

How Alzheimer’s affects the brain

Causes and risk factors

How to find out if it is Alzheimer’s

Benefits of early detection

How to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

Stages of the disease

Treatment

Hope for the future

Ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help