SGMC Hosts Dementia Education Seminar

January 13, 2020
In an effort to address the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in South Georgia and North Florida, a free educational seminar is being offered by South Georgia Medical Center’s Dogwood Senior Health Center.
This free community lecture on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta.

Joel L. Morgan, MD, director of the SGMC DSHC, will share information on dementia, a general term used to describe a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia: memory, communication and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgment and visual perception, according to organizers.

People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood.

Seating is limited and dinner is provided. Registration is required by visiting or calling 229-433-4022.

The SGMC Dogwood Senior Health Center is a short term facility, located at SGMC Berrien Campus, designed to help those 55 and older who are struggling with behavioral health issues.