TOMS RIVER, NJ – Memory loss can be caused by many different factors, and is fairly
common as we age. It’s important to know the difference between
normal changes in memory and Alzheimer’s, and when to ask for help.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that as
many as 5 million Americans live with the effects of Alzheimer’s
disease, the most common form of dementia. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s
– poor judgment, repeating questions, mood changes and general memory
loss – may appear after age 60, and the risk for the disease increases
as one ages.
Community Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, aims to enlighten
and advise women in the area on Alzheimer’s, memory loss and tips
for aging well at “Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help”
on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Clarion Hotel in Toms River.
This free event is being held in conjunction with National Women’s
Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services Office on Women’s Health.
Speakers include: Gerald Ferencz, MD, board-certified in Neurology, Sleep
Medicine and Internal Medicine, who will discuss how sleep can affect
memory; Sanjiv Sharma, MD, board-certified in Geriatrics and Internal
Medicine, who will speak on current medications for Alzheimer’s
and what the future holds for treatment development; and Kenneth Zaentz,
President of Alzheimer’s New Jersey, who will talk about understanding
The evening also includes health screenings, a health fair, a Coach bag
prize drawing and a light dinner served during the discussion. The Clarion
Hotel is located at 815 Route 37 West in Toms River.
This event is free, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required
by calling 1-888-724-7123.