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Support Group Leader and Caregiver Learning and Support Center

Alzheimer’s Mississippi hosts a weekly support group leader and caregiver virtual meeting every Thursday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  Each meeting covers a new topic suggested by attendees with an opportunity for caregivers to share in a safe environment about experiences, coping, and impacts of COIVD-19.*

*Audio includes presentations and Q&A. Caregiver time of sharing is not recorded

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In response to COVID-19 Alzheimer’s Mississippi is hosting weekly virtual support group meetings with topics that are important to those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s.  Speakers are invited to give in depth discussions that help caregivers navigate through the Alzheimer’s care spectrum.  Providing information on home care, long term care, coping, grief, communication, and more.

While virtual support groups will never replace the person centered aspect of meeting in person, it is our hope to fill a gap and remove the isolation barrier. We know that socialization is an important part of reducing caregiver stress and a pillar of brain health.

 

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Susan Crowson, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Aging Life Care Specialist, Geriatric Plans & Services

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Robin’s Wish

September 1, 2020: Robin’s Wish debuts On Demand and Digital 

Robin’s Wish tells the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ final days. For the first time, Robin’s fight against a deadly neurodegenerative disorder, known as Lewy Body Dementia, is shown in stunning detail. Through a gripping journalistic lens, this incredible story sheds an entirely new light on the tragedy, beauty and power behind the mind of one of the greatest entertainers of all time.  

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Recent Programs

Medicare: Fraud, Waste and Abuse

by Johnetta Red, Community Outreach Specialist for Senior Medicare Patrol

Geriatric Medications

by Dr. Melissa Reilly, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at UM

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

by Jerry Horn, Ambassador and Support Group Facilitator

An Alzheimer's diagnosis... Now what?

by Sue Ann Meng MS, clinical social worker at UMMC The MIND Center

Lewy Body Dementia

by Pamela Corsentino MS, LPC, Director of Support Services for the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Brain Donation

by Tish Hevel, CEO & Founder of The Brain Donor Project

Home Services

by Jessica McNeil with A First Name Basis

Grief and Grieving

by Margaret Seicshnaydre of the University of Mississippi

Hospice

by Kristi Eldridge, Regional Administrator with Palladium Hospice and Palliative Care in Ridgeland, MS

Caregiver Resources

Navigating Alzheimer's a Roadmap for Families

Navigating Alzheimer's a Roadmap for Families

Navigating Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias – A Roadmap for Families
is a consolidated source to assist families as they live through the disease
process. It was designed primarily for family caregivers and is intended
to supplement rather than replace the recommendations of physicians
and other health care professionals providing direct care to you or your
loved one.
The information contained in Navigating Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
is a compilation of publications from the National Institutes of Health, the
National Institute on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
and other reputable sources. Contributors to the guide include Alzheimer’s
Mississippi, The MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center,
and The Mississippi Department of Mental Health

Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the 2nd most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.

LBD is not a rare disease. It affects more than a million people and their families in the United States alone. Because LBD symptoms may closely resemble other more commonly known disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, it is currently widely under-diagnosed.

LBD is an umbrella term for two related diagnoses:

  • A person with “dementia with Lewy bodies” will develop dementia and other LBD symptoms, one of which may be changes in movement like a tremor (parkinsonism).
  • In the other form of LBD, people will present first with changes in movement leading to a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis; over time many will develop dementia years later. This is diagnosed as “Parkinson’s disease dementia”.
Frontotemporal Degeneration

Frontotemporal Degeneration

What is Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD)?

FTD is the most common form of dementia for people under age 60. 

It represents a group of brain disorders caused by degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. FTD is also frequently referred to as frontotemporal dementia, frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), or Pick’s disease.

How does FTD differ from Alzheimer’s disease?

1)     Different symptoms.

FTD brings a gradual, progressive decline in behavior, language or movement, with memory usually relatively preserved.

2)     It typically strikes younger.

Although age of onset ranges from 21 to 80, the majority of FTD cases occur between 45 and 64. Therefore, FTD has a substantially greater impact on work, family, and the economic burden faced by families than Alzheimer’s.

3)     It is less common and still far less known.

FTD’s estimated U.S. prevalence is around 60,000 cases (Knopman 2011, CurePSP), and many in the medical community remain unfamiliar with it. FTD is frequently misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s, depression, Parkinson’s disease, or a psychiatric condition. On average, it currently takes 3.6 years to get an accurate diagnosis.

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