Everybody misplaces items, forgets the name of someone they know well, or doesn't show up for an appointment because it slips their mind. While memory loss is a common occurrence, especially in aging, there is a difference in memory loss and a significant decline in cognition such as those associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. 
Exceptional Senior Living, an assisted care and memory care community, is hosting a free seminar about memory loss versus dementia on Thursday, June 8 at Captain's Quarters in Prospect. The seminar will also explore memory care programming at Exceptional Senior Living, a Louisville area community.
Memory loss that is manageable and doesn't lead to a disruption in your daily life is considered normal. Forgetting something one day, but recalling it the next is often associated with general memory loss from aging and is also normal. Forgetting that the stove is on or leaving the door open during cold weather, that is not normal.
Often families do not realize that the various forms of dementia can present different symptoms and thus they  may not recognize that their loved one is displaying symptoms from one of these conditions.
Dementia is more than just memory loss. Symptoms can range from impaired communication, poor judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking for Alzheimer's disease to sleep disturbances, visual hallucinations, and slowness, gait imbalance or other sporadic movement features for DLB.
A senior living community that focuses on memory care and dementia programming is one way to keep individuals in a safe, secure environment while stimulating their senses through activities, events, and social interactions. At Exceptional Senior Living, our center offers 24 private memory care apartments overseen by a memory care director who is a certified dementia care practitioner.
Learn more about memory loss, dementia, and the programming at Exceptional Senior Living on June 8 with a free seminar on recognizing memory loss. The event will be hosted at Captain's Quarters, 5700 Captain's Quarters Road, at 5:30 p.m. in Prospect. Due to limited space, please register before June 1 by calling (502) 415-8663. For more information, visit ExceptionalSeniors.com or on the Exceptional Senior Living Facebook page.
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