NORWALK, Conn. -- About one in four family members will become caregivers at some point in their lives. To address the growing need, Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk will present "Understanding Alzheimer’s” Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.
“A lot of people don’t know how big Alzheimer’s disease is. It’s one of the leading terminal illnesses in this country," said Alicia Seaver, Director of Memory Care at Bridges by EPOCH.
"People may hear that an estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s, but it’s hard to visualize that. Another way to put it is that one in nine adults age 65 or older is living with Alzheimer’s. There’s at least one person living on your street, if not several, who have Alzheimer’s. It’s big."
“Another thing that I think will surprise people is how prevalent ‘young dementia’—the early onset of dementia in people in their 50s—has become. It’s estimated that half a million Americans younger than 65 have some form of early onset dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease," Seaver told Daily Voice.
Seaver will lead the free educational "Understanding Alzheimer's" presentations at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The presentations are part of Bridges by EPOCH's brand new "Today's Education on Alzheimer's" series.
Seaver is a certified memory impairment specialist. In her presentation she will cover the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, including warning signs and symptoms, causes and diagnosis. Gourmet sandwiches, pastries, and beverages will be served.
Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk is a memory care assisted living community that will open in fall 2017 at 123 Richards Ave. in Norwalk.
The DoubleTree Hilton is located at 789 Connecticut Ave. For more information or to RSVP, call 203-523-0510.