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King’s Daughters starts a new dementia support group July 15

King’s Daughters has formed a new support group for people and their family members affected by dementia. The first meeting for this group will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the King’s Daughters Health Education Center (lower level of the Lexington Avenue parking garage). Neurologist Henry Goodman, M.D., will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 1-888-377-5362.

Dementia is not a specific disease; it is the term used to describe a group of symptoms consisting of memory loss, impaired judgment, disorientation and personality and behavioral changes that are severe enough to interfere with normal activities and relationships. Dementia is not a normal part of aging, although as people age they become more susceptible to becoming demented. There are a number of conditions which may cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, infectious disease, brain tumors, trauma, alcoholism, vitamin deficiency and other disorders. When someone exhibits warning signs, a comprehensive evaluation by a healthcare provider is recommended to diagnose the problem.

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