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       DSC0311_002EMG Health Communications and The New York Alzheimer’s Association hosted a dinner-lecture entitled “Dementia: What You Need to Know” for health professionals and others involved in the care of elders affected with the disease commonly known as Alzheimer’s.

      EMG Health is an Elmont based Public Health Education organization. Founder and Executive Director, Elsy Mecklemburg-Guibert is an Elmont resident, 2010 Elmont Online – Highlighting Success, Inc. Dr. Carter G. Woodson award recipient and Former VP of the Elmont Elementary School Board.

      This meeting was the second of EMG Health’s mini-series to help educate and strengthen the knowledge of the community on various health issues. Hundreds of people responded with great interest to attend a lecture on Dementia.

      Guests were greeted with courtesy by EMG Health’s professional staff and invited to visit the information booth which the Alzheimer’s’ Association organized with a vast array of current literature on Dementia and other mental health diseases. The field experts were Drs. Minorva Ceïde and Georges Casimir, both of whom are affiliates of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center located in Brooklyn, NY.

       DSC0360_004Dr. Ceïde presented the disease in a methodical way using a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation was filled sound and useful information on Dementia i.e. its manifestations, diseases categories, its course over time, and treatment options. Amidst such well-researched presentation Dr. Ceïde provided, there were two notable facts to remember:

      - There is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s;
      - The severity of the disease affects the patient’s abilities in the reverse of when skills were acquired. For instance, if during infancy the ability to walk, preceded the ability to talk then the patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will lose the ability to talk before they lose the ability to walk;

      Dr. Georges Casimir, a long-time physician in the field provided a rather pragmatic description of Dementia. Through his learning expertise, he presented his approach of identifying case-specific Alzheimer’s patients. He explained that simply because someone is in a reverie mood, or displays an incoherent pattern of thoughts it should not be viewed as evidence of Alzheimer’s.

      Although the ‘mysteries’ surrounding the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s have been conquered, more research about the disease is yet to be done.
      Following the talk, the audience had the opportunity to ask the experts some interesting questions to complement their learning experience.

      EMG Health Communications was pleased to reach out to the community at large especially to those who are concerned about the rise of Dementia in the population.{jcomments on}