The Memory Fair, that takes place in Chattanooga, has been going on for eight years and provides in home care providers -whether it’s family caregivers or professionals- and the community in general information and valuable resources about dementia.
Dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s, can affect people as they get older, but early onset Alzheimer’s may begin affecting a person many years, even decades, before they would have reached retirement age.
Having adequate care and support for an individual diagnosed with some form of dementia is essential and the sooner it begins, the more beneficial it could be. This years Memory Fair will be joined by Keynote Speaker Dr. Terry Melvin and the theme of this year’s fair is, “Continuum of Care: Addressing Dementia from First Signs to Final Stages.”
According to a blog, Memory Fair to educate caregivers, community about dementias, written by Kimberly Sebring and published by the Times Free Press:
“Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic, progressive, fatal disease for which there is no cure and no effective treatment,” [Dr. Terry] Melvin says. “As bleak as that sounds, there are ways to manage this disease and to maintain a good quality of life for the patient and the caregiver. That’s the take-away we want attendees to go home with: a better understanding of the disease and tools and resources they need in order to achieve that better quality of life.”
Nena Mitchell, the resident services director at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford, started the Memory Fair in 2010 with the help and support of the facility and friend Amy French from the Alzheimer’s Association in Chattanooga. She describes dementia as “devastating” and “the worst disease” she has seen in seniors in more than 20 years as a nurse. She says she felt like people were not receiving enough information about dementia despite how common it is.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are somewhat more than 5 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and that number could jump to 16 million by 2050. One out of every three seniors is expected to die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and the cost of care and research is reaching staggering proportions.
The more people know about this disease, the better the care and support an individual diagnosed with it could receive. That has the potential to lead to more comfort, less long term care costs, and even the possibility of delaying some aspects of memory loss.
This free event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Morning Pointe.