Last week, we were joined by Jack Poyfair, executive director of Vista Cove in Rancho Mirage. Jack, an LVN, provided an extremely interesting program about Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Vista Cove has been offering memory care since it opened in 2004. At this time there is no cure for Alzheimer’s—caregivers can only manage and treat the symptoms. Early symptoms include short term memory loss, problems with word finding, speech and reading and disorientation. One extremely sobering statistic from Jack: 50 percent of people 85 and over will suffer from dementia. The life expectancy of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia is from eight to 20 years.