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Library event today helps residents understand, respond to dementia-related behavior

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The Downtown Library is hosting an event today, Nov. 18, “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior,” that will provide residents with a four-step model to address behavioral aspects of dementia.

Whether you are, or are not, directly affected by dementia, everyone is welcome to attend this event from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the library at 1044 Middlefield Road.

The program will especially instruct caregivers on decoding verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s.

The goal is for participants to leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.

Dementia is a syndrome, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and ability to perform everyday activities. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47 million and is projected to increase to 75 million by 2030. The disease is overwhelming for both the people who have it and also their families and caregivers as well.