Diseases of the mind topic at Healthy Life Workshop

The mind remains one of the most mysterious parts of the human anatomy. It is part of our body – and yet it seems separate. It is where we store all of our memories, thoughts, feelings, abilities and sense of self. Our mind is what makes us who we are, our personality, our sense of humor, our ability to communicate, our values. It is what makes us recognizable to other people.

When a disease or condition affects the brain, dementia may result, and the brain’s functioning may begin to decline. There are many different causes of dementia, including strokes, brain injury, Alzheimer’s, medications and abnormal lab values.

These devastating diseases of the mind will be discussed at Harrison Community Hospital’s monthly Healthy Life Workshop on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria.

Guest speaker Laurel DuBeck, a registered nurse and Community Education Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging, will be the guest speaker. Her interest in dementia stems from caring for her father and an uncle in their home, both of whom were diagnosed with dementia.

“Because of these experiences, Laurel is passionate about bringing caregivers and others the information needed to better deal with and understand dementia. Through her ‘real life’ experience she is able to sympathize with the audience. During her career, Laurel has worked closely with geriatric patients and is familiar with the needs of those who care for them. She is a certified dementia practitioner,” a spokesman said.

The workshop is open to everyone.

The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month and feature physicians, dieticians, and other healthcare professionals covering a variety of topics, including diet and nutrition, exercise and flexibility, women’s health issues and other health topics.

Reservations are not required. Light refreshments are served, and there is a drawing for a door prize.