Imagine: You or someone you know has just been diagnosed with memory loss. Where do you go from there? Many people living with the early stages of memory loss are finding help and support from the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, which will hold its third Early Memory Loss Forum on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
This breakthrough educational event, “Claiming Our Lives, Planning Our Futures,” was created by and for people with early memory loss. It is for those who have early stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and other dementias, as well as their family members, care partners, and medical professionals.
“All too often members of our staff meet people in their late 40s, 50s, and early 60s who have Alzheimer’s or dementia but took years to receive a diagnosis because doctors thought they were ‘too young’ to have the disease,” said Susan Galeas, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter. “We hear from family members who thought their loved ones’ behavioral and personality changes were the result of stress, drugs, anger, or a host of other reasons when this disease was the true culprit.”
The symposium’s morning session will feature guest speaker Val Zavala, producer of KCET’s “SoCal Connected,” and a keynote address by Michael Pearson who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year. The afternoon features a selection of workshops that provide information and tools for successfully coping with the disease.
The conference fee for persons with early memory loss and their family members is $25, which includes materials and lunch. The fee for professionals is $100. Register by Nov. 7 at alzla.org/emlf. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.