Alzheimer’s treatment is focus of free events

“Dementia: Setting the Record Straight” is the title of four presentations scheduled this month in Pierce County that will review the current medical science on the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Also up for discussion will be alternative options and therapies, ranging from dietary supplements and herbal sources to individual therapies and non-FDA-approved medicines.
“A dementia diagnosis can be devastating,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “Families and patients both need to approach the diagnosis with hope, information and realism. There’s lots of misinformation circulating. This presentation is an opportunity to get good information and ask important questions.”
The presentations, which are free, will be held:
• Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. at Wheelock Public Library, 3722 N. 26th in Tacoma.
• Nov. 17 at noon at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma.
• Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl. W. in University Place.
• Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at Key Center Fire Station, 8911 KP N in Lakebay.
The sessions are sponsored by county government’s Long-term Care Ombudsman and Aging and Disability Resources. The presenter will be Linda McCone, an Alzheimer’s support group facilitator.