Alzheimer’s: Finding Help and Planning Ahead

The statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are staggering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

–          More than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s

–          33% of seniors die with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia

–          65% of all nursing home residents have some form of cognitive impairment

Whether due to an improvement in diagnostic techniques, an increase in prevalence of the disease, or a combination of the two, the number of afflicted Americans is only increasing. By 2050, estimates say that over 16 million Americans will be living with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous means of support for not only those afflicted by the disease, but also their loved ones and caretakers. A tool for researching clinical trials is available on the Association’s website. It allows anyone to set up an account to research different Alzheimer’s treatment trials and determine whether they or a loved one may qualify to participate.

A crucial step for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is planning ahead. Once diagnosed, the Association employs a number of surveys to identify your daily routines and future goals so as to create a game plan for when your mental faculties begin to decline. For example, E-Learning courses empower those with Alzheimer’s to learn more about financial and legal planning for the future, among other topics.

In addition to providing countless resources for those diagnosed, the Alzheimer’s Association website provides news and updates regarding the ongoing and tireless research associated with the disease. One of many myths about aging that the Alzheimer’s Association works to dispel is that memory loss is a natural progression. Memory loss is actually a medical condition for which scientists and research foundations are actively searching a cure.

Even though much research is devoted to a cure for Alzheimer’s, there is always a need for more money and financing to support that research, which calls upon the need for fundraising.  Many people are already familiar with the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Participants gather as teams or individuals to raise money for the Association – the Walks themselves are a fun way for participants to honor those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while also meeting others whose lives have been affected by the disease. They’ll be hosting a Walk in Wilmington on November 16, 2013 at Mayfaire Town Center. More information on how to register for the Walk can be found here.

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