Elder E-Letter June 2016 Types of Dementia Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with


Elder E-Letter June 2016

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Types of Dementia


Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.

Alzheimer's disease: Most common type of dementia; accounts for an estimated 60 to 80 percent of cases.

Symptoms: Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events is often an early clinical symptom; apathy and depression are also often early symptoms. Later symptoms include impaired communication, poor judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking.

Revised criteria and guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s were published in 2011 recommending that Alzheimer’s be considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge.

Brain changes: Hallmark abnormalities are deposits of the protein fragment beta-amyloid (plaques) and twisted strands of the protein tau (tangles) as well as evidence of nerve cell damage and death in the brain.

Learn more about dementia, what it is, symptoms and treatments:

Alzheimer's disease
Vascular dementia
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
Mixed dementia
Parkinson's disease
Frontotemporal dementia
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Normal pressure hydrocephalus
Huntington's disease
Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome


May 10 Carol presented Estate Planning and Probate for OASIS @ the Bob Ross Senior Center.

May 20 Carol and Karen Hogan co-presented Elder Care and Elder Law: Now that you Have the Money, Will it Last? at St. Mary’s Financial Wisdom for Women.

Memorial day

May 30 The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch observed Memorial Day.

Coming Up

June 9 Carol presents Getting Your Affairs in Order at Isle at Watercrest Alamo Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Walk Picture

2016 San Antonio Walk to End Alzheimer's

Unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.

Date: September 17, 2016
Registration at 7:30am | Ceremony at 9am | Walk at 9:30am
Route Length: 2 miles
Location: AT&T Center

Come walk with us. We're registered under The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch. Check out our Walkpage.

Click here to map it.

Senior of the Month: John Igo

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A native of San Antonio and a graduate of Trinity University, he has taught at Trinity, St. Mary’s Hall, San Antonio College, and the University of the Incarnate Word.

John Igo has published more than 12 books on poetry, folklore, history, and has written for a variety of periodicals for more than 60 years. He has produced numerous plays and is the founding producer/director of the Renegade Theater.

Civic Leader
Mr. Igo has been a mentor to generations of San Antonio area poets, has also taught poetry to the totally deaf adult in a privately-funded project. He regularly contributes and advocates to raise awareness on physical and mental health.

Book of the Month: Folktales from the Helotes Settlement (Texas Folklore Society Extra Book)

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Folktales from the Helotes Settlement is a collection of personal memories from the Folklore Society’s longest active member, who first joined more than fifty years ago. Here we find legends, customs, and beliefs of the people of the Helotes Settlement near San Antonio. These stories capture the lore of a place similar to lots of other places—our places. They’re familiar to us all because, when we get right down to it, the Helotes Settlement is not very different from wherever we’re from.

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