Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early-onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s Cafe

3020 S. Reserve St
406-214-3053
kburke@harvesthomecare.net
Last Thursday of the month 2-4pm, call Kaley Burke for location.

Alzheimer’s Association Montana Chapter

3010 11th Ave North, Billings, MT 59101
(406) 252-3053
sbelser@alz.org
www.alz.org/montana
Provides educational presentations to increase concern and awareness, offers caregiver support groups, safety services, advance public policy on state/ national levels, and accelerates research.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

705 South Higgins
Missoula MT 59801
406-549-3433, Jackie Johnson
jackiej45@yahoo.com
The free support group meets the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 at
Missoula Senior Center, 705 South Higgins.

Community Physician Group – MT Neurobehavioral Specialists South

1622 South Avenue West
Missoula, MT 59801
www.communitymed.org
Dr. Robert Velin provides comprehensive, multi-specialty services for patients and family’s dealing with Alzheimer’s or memory issues.