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1st annual Docs and Dinners event answers questions about dementia

1st annual Docs & Dinners event to discuss dementia. (Source: WALB) 1st annual Docs & Dinners event to discuss dementia. (Source: WALB)
Dr. Marla Morgan, Neurologist. (Source: WALB) Dr. Marla Morgan, Neurologist. (Source: WALB)
Debbie Blanton, Executive Director, SOWEGA Council on Aging (Source:WALB) Debbie Blanton, Executive Director, SOWEGA Council on Aging (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Medical experts say the number of South Georgians suffering from dementia is increasing and that makes the importance of caregivers for loved ones with dementia even more vital.

A caregivers support forum was held in Albany Tuesday night.

The Southwest Georgia (SOWEGA) Council on Aging held its 1st annual Docs and Dinners event Tuesday night to help answer some of the tough questions associated with dementia. 

The event was hosted by SOWEGA Council on Aging and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

"We hear all the time how people don't actually get a chance to ask the questions to their doctor," said SOWEGA Council on Aging Executive Director Debbie Blanton. "We have caregiver programs, the Alzheimer Outreach Center has a daycare center so they will learn about local resources that are available," said Blanton. 

Neurologist Dr. Marla Morgan said asking for help is one of the first things she stresses to families dealing with dementia.

"I really encourage family members to do that because that can minimize the stress on the caregiver," said Morgan.

Because one of the biggest concerns doctors see is the caregiver neglecting their own health.

"If they are not in good shape, they can't take care of the patient," said Morgan.

And Although there is no cure for dementia, the best thing to do in this situation is enjoy life day by day.

"So you get comfortable being in their world and I hope that is what comes out of this today," said Blanton.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging said this was their first event held for caregivers and patients with dementia, but they will continue to hold events within the coming months. 

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