New dementia services for Iron County seniors

Memory Matters Utah is offering a six-week early-stage Memory Loss Course beginning on Monday, April 17, 2023, at the Cedar City Library. The two-hour course is designed to benefit those with an early stage memory loss or dementia concern and for their care partners.

Recognized professionals will provide the tools and resources necessary for participants and caregivers to face the challenges of a memory loss illness. A new support group has been added for caregivers in Kanarraville and New Harmony valley at the New Harmony Library every second Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Early Stage Memory Loss classes will promote brain health and help participants plan for the future. The six-week course is designed to aid the person with memory loss and their primary care partner and include presentations on legal and financial preparation, pharmaceutical and alternative remedies, brain health and nutrition. During the second hour, class participants may attend either a brain training group or a caregiver workshop.

“There are seven stages of dementia,” says LuAnn Lundquist, Memory Matters Founder and Director. “The first one is where the disease process is evident in brain pathology, but few symptoms are evident. Stages two through four are very important stages to recognize and actively maintain brain health and make preparations and decisions for the future. After stage four, many of those opportunities are limited.”

“Clients that are proactive in their health are the ones that usually sign up for this intervention. We have seen a lot of success with those who attend this course,” Lundquist said. “Alzheimer’s and dementia can seem overwhelming, but with this course our clients walk away feeling better prepared and empowered to face the future.”

Symptoms of memory loss can be caused by reversible conditions. It is important to quickly see a doctor to rule out those conditions. If the diagnosis is an illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease, there are things that can be done in the early stages to help the person function better and function longer.

There are also proactive decisions that give voice to the person with memory loss in the future. It is important to face this life event early. Being in denial during the early stages can cause a family to miss opportunities to improve the situation.

Preregistration is required to attend the Early Stage Memory Loss class that begins on Monday, April 17, 2023, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Cedar City Library; and is sponsored in part by, Intermountain Healthcare and the Cedar City Library.

Register online at; contact Memory Matters Utah at 168 North 100 East, Suite 104, St George, Utah, 84770; phone 435-319-0407; or email [email protected].

Memory Matters Utah/Nevada is 501(c)(3), local, nonprofit organization. Our mission is to reduce isolation and improve wellness for individuals with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education and consultation.

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