Bhavesh Gandhi, M.D. will present a seminar titled “Dementia” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road.
There are many causes of memory loss, and forgetfulness or confusion was once considered a natural part of aging. While some memory loss may be expected as a person ages, those affected with dementia suffer memory loss and other problems with thinking that interfere with the ability to live daily life.
Dementia is the progressive deterioration in the cognitive functions. It is a set of signs and symptoms that can be caused by a number of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, stroke and even high glucose.
Signs of dementia include:
• impaired judgment
• inappropriate behavior
• hallucinations, paranoia and agitation
• disorientation to time and place
• gait, motor and balance problems
• difficulty with abstract thinking
• memory loss
There are some clear differences between normal aging and the onset of dementia. An aging individual may need a moment to remember directions, but one with dementia will get lost in familiar places. In addition, someone with dementia will have difficulty carrying on a conversation and show a decreased interest in social activities.
Most types of dementia cannot be cured, but treatment options are available to help with the symptoms.
Dr. Gandhi has more than six years of experience as a practicing physician and is a geriatric specialist. He is board certified in family medicine and affiliated with the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.