No one should have to face this horrific disease alone. That’s why you can get help from the Alzheimer’s Association.
Executive Director of the Utah Chapter Jack Jenks talks about what you need to know about Alzheimer’s and how to get help for you or your loved one.
“The best of times, the worst of times …”
Memory loss that disrupts your everyday life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a fatal brain disease that gets worse over time and causes changes in memory, thinking and reasoning behavior. There are many benefits of early detection, diagnosis and intervention for persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
You might say it’s the worst of times and it’s the best of times. Five million Americans suffer with the disease including over 30,000 in Utah. It follows diabetes as the #7 cause of death and the #5 cause of death for those over 65 years of age.
But it also is the best of times. Now, more progress has been made in Alzheimer’s research in the last five years than the rest of history combined. And more resources are available than ever before to help individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
There are warning signs of Alzheimer’s and it’s vital to know that in order of being diagnosed early and receiving the best help and care possible. Some of those warning signs are
Memory changes that disrupt daily life
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
Confusion with time pr place
New problems with words in speaking or writing
Changes in mood and personality
You can find a complete list of these warning signs by checking out www.alz.org/utah. If you notice any of these warning signs see your doctor for help.
If you or a loved one are concerned that you or they have Alzheimer’s, what is a good first step to take?
Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence is a facility in Salt Lake that specializes in caring for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They offer free memory screenings for people who have concerns or feel they have warning signs. It’s a wonderful service to the community and you’re encouraged to take advantage of this screening. Early detection is key to the best possible treatments.
As a non-profit organization, the Alzheimer’s Association doesn’t charge families for their service. But costs are associated with their services, so it’s through donations that you can help. One way is through the Alzheimer’s Association memory Walk, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research.
If you are living with the disease, are a friend or family member and a business and community leaders, you’re invited to join this endeavor
Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
Murray High School
And if you’re a church, business or civic organization interesting in forming a team, contact Kathryn Bennette at Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence.
For information on Garden Terrace, go to www.lcca.com