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Palm Harbor support group forms for caregivers of Lewy body dementia patients

Group forms to help caregivers for Lewy body dementia

The Lewy Body Dementia Association has formed a support group for family and caregivers of people with Lewy body dementia.

The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday (the third Monday of every month) at Arden Courts, an assisted living home for dementia patients at 2895 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Care is available for the person with LBD if requested. All people are welcome, even if their loved ones with LBD are in a facility.

LBD is the second leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly. Symptoms vary widely for each individual, with all patients suffering from progressive cognitive decline into dementia, and any combination of the following symptoms: hallucinations, changing cognitive abilities from day to day, Parkinson's-like symptoms, a sleep disorder in which patients enact their dreams, and an extreme and sometimes dangerous sensitivity to medications used to treat hallucinations.

Patients are frequently misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's in the early stages, and are later accurately diagnosed when more symptoms develop.

With a triple threat of cognitive, psychiatric and physical symptoms, and an unpredictable disease progression and low awareness in both the public and the medical community, LBD brings a set of highly demanding challenges to family caregivers.

For more information, contact Deborah Langrock, RN, at (727) 784-0404 or by e-mail at

To learn more about the Lewy Body Dementia Association and the LBDA Scientific Advisory Council, call (404) 935-6444, visit or write to P.O. Box 451429, Atlanta, Ga., 31145-9429.

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A free seminar on the topic of treating chronic pain will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Dr. Ashok Poluri, pain management specialist and director of the National Pain Institute, will discuss pain management for people with prolonged pain who cannot be helped by medical and surgical treatment options. The goal is to diminish the pain as much as possible and maximize the quality of life within the patient's limitations.

The approach can be multidisciplinary and may encompass drug management, nerve blocks, physical therapy, relaxation and counseling. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

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Nar-Anon is a fellowship of people gathering to share experiences, strength and hope for recovery from the ravages of a loved one's drug addiction.

Recovery begins with meetings. Visit or call toll-free 1-888-947-8885.

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Recovery Inc., a support group for anxiety and depression, meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, and 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Call (727) 525-1749.

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Overeaters Anonymous groups meet at 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; 11 a.m. Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Visit or call (727) 327-4555.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free, 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating or bulimia. Meeting are 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and 8:30 to 10 a.m. every Saturday at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Call (727) 501-2125 or (727) 786-3113.

Seminars, classes, support groups

Alzheimer's caregivers support group: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors are welcome. Call (727) 787-1837.

Brain injury support group: 6 p.m. today (the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Enrichment Center, second floor, Room 201, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Dr. Patrick Scranton will speak about his Brain Fitness Program. E-mail or call (727) 442-1819.

Palm Harbor support group forms for caregivers of Lewy body dementia patients 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:25pm]
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