How we approach dementia can have a major impact on how individuals live after they experience a diagnosis. As one of 6 million Americans with dementia, Russell Martoccio is determined to live life to the fullest. In 2016, he was diagnosed with Korsakoff syndrome, a dementia caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Since then, he has begun to write a monthly column about his experiences.
In this episode, Russell talks with host Lisa Wells of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County about the mental and physical impact of his diagnosis, how it has affected his daily life, how support groups and his faith have helped him, and the necessity of accepting change as a part of life.