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Join teams from around the world on June 21, The Longest Day®, to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease with a day of activity. Select an activity you love, from swing dancing to swimming, and make an impact by raising funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Register by June 11 to receive your participant kit in time for The Longest Day.

 

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

The Alzheimer’s Association is moving our awareness month from September to June. This new month will be called Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM).— a time to shine a purple light for the millions of individuals world-wide and all the family members and caregivers locally affected by Alzheimer’s disease. We need your help to honor those struggling with this disease every day by mobilizing friends, families, neighbors, co-workers and customers to help bring an end to Alzheimer’s disease. The time is now to commit to going purple during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM). The end of Alzheimer’s starts now. The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with YOU.

Promote

  • Turn Facebook purple by changing your profile picture to our END ALZicon.
  • Turn your office, school or place of worship purple for the month of June. 
  • Show the power of purple by introducing and/or utilizing a purple product. 

 

  *Here’s how to change your profile picture in three easy steps.1. Right click on the END ALZicon and save to your computer.

2. Log into your Facebook account. Move your cursor over your current profile picture and select “Change Picture.” 

3. Use the browse function to locate and upload the END ALZgraphic.

Declare

  • Announce your commitment to ending Alzheimer’s through social media and internal communications. 

Educate

February is Black History Month

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We know that February is Black History Month. But did you know that African Americans are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? Some experts say black elders are nearly two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than white elders.

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What can you do today to manage your risk for Alzheimer’s disease? Unfortunately, there is no proven method for preventing this disease, but researchers and scientists do have some tips that might help

  • Get active: If it’s good for your heart, then it’s good for your brain. Since African Americans have a higher rate of vascular (stroke-related) disease — which may be a risk factor for cognitive impairment — it’s important to engage in physical activity to reduce your risk.
  • Watch your blood pressure numbers: Prevention or control of high blood pressure helps maintain a healthy brain and promotes overall health. Adopt a fitness routine, eat healthy foods, don’t smoke and work to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage your cholesterol levels: A healthy brain and heart depend on maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Engage in regular physical activity and eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in fiber.
  • Prevent or control diabetes: Take steps to reduce your risk for diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. Prevention or control of diabetes promotes a healthy brain.
  • Overall wellness: African Americans are at a greater risk than white Americans for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Because brain and heart health are so closely linked, it’s important to take good care of both. In addition, stay socially and mentally active to make sure your brain and your body can perform at their best.

Want to learn more? Check out our webpage on African Americans and Alzheimer’s disease.

Also, watch this video clip below to learn even more.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tis the season to be thankful.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities, nosh on some delicious Turkey Day fare, and pay tribute to those leading the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 5 million living with Alzheimer’s  in the United States and a whopping 15 million friends and family members providing care.  This year, let’s show our appreciation for the countless that have been impacted by this disease. Learn more about dementia and how you can help at alz.org. Interested in learning more about November, Family Caregiver’s Month? Click here.

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease today is unprecedented in human history. Presently, more than 5 million Americans have a diagnosis. In Michigan alone, roughly 180,000 individuals are living with memory loss. Approximately every 68 seconds, someone develops the disease. By 2050, the numbers are projected to increase to between 11 and 15 million nationwide. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it is the only cause among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured.

The cost of Alzheimer’s disease is high. This year in the United States, we will spend more than $200 billion caring for people  with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Unfortunately, family caregivers are absorbing a majority of this burden. In fact, in 2012 15.4 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at more than $216 billion, in the United States.

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Family members are often the front line of Alzheimer’s care, but they may lack the appropriate support, resources, or education needed to execute their job effectively. Caregiving can be extremely taxing work, and dementia caregivers are particularly at risk for burnout, distress, and other negative outcomes. Research indicates that dementia caregivers have poorer physical, mental, and financial well-being, than their non-caregiving counterparts.  Caregivers are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, reduced immune function, increased incidence of disease and mortality,  as well as disruptions in employment and depleted incomes.

November is “National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month” and “National Caregiver Month”. If you know someone who is a caregiver, show them your support and offer respite. Learn more about this special month and pay tribute to a caregiver here.

If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, consider following these 10 tips to being  a healthier caregiver:

1. Understand what’s going on as early as possible.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s may appear gradually. It can be easy to explain away changing or unusual behavior when a loved one seems physically healthy. Instead, consult a doctor when you see changes in memory, mood or behavior. Don’t delay; some symptoms are treatable.

2. Know what community resources are available.

Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association office. The staff can help you find Alzheimer’s care resources in your community. Adult day programs, in-home assistance, visiting nurses and meal delivery are just some of the services that can help you manage daily tasks.

3. Become an educated caregiver.

As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills may be necessary. The Alzheimer’s Association offers programs to help you better understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that often accompany Alzheimer’s.

4. Get help.

Trying to do everything by yourself will leave you exhausted. Seek the support of family, friends, and community resources. Tell others exactly what they can do to help. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline, online message boards and local support groups are good sources of comfort and reassurance. If stress becomes overwhelming, seek professional help.

5. Take care of yourself.

Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest. Making sure that you stay healthy will help you be a better caregiver.

6. Manage your level of stress.

Stress can cause physical problems (blurred vision, stomach irritation, high blood pressure) and changes in behavior (irritability, lack of concentration, change in appetite). Note your symptoms. Use relaxation techniques that work for you, and talk to your doctor.

7. Accept changes as they occur.

People with Alzheimer’s change and so do their needs. They may require care beyond what you can provide on your own. Becoming aware of community resources — from home care services to residential care — should make the transition easier. So will the support and assistance of those around you.

8. Make legal and financial plans.

Plan ahead. Consult a professional to discuss legal and financial issues including advance directives, wills, estate planning, housing issues and long-term care planning. Involve the person with Alzheimer’s and family members whenever possible.

9. Give yourself credit, not guilt.

Know that the care you provide does make a difference and you are doing the best you can. You may feel guilty because you can’t do more, but individual care needs changes as Alzheimer’s progresses. You can’t promise how care will be delivered, but you can make sure that the person with Alzheimer’s is well cared for and safe.

10. Visit your doctor regularly.

Take time to get regular checkups, and be aware of what your body is telling you. Pay attention to any exhaustion, stress, sleeplessness or changes in appetite or behavior. Ignoring symptoms can cause your physical and mental health to decline.

References

2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Take Care of Yourself Alzheimer’s Association brochure

http://www.alz.org

http://www.alz.org/gmc

www/alz.org/care

Dementia Care Certificate Program

Caring for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging work and requires the use of skills and techniques designed to safely support these individuals. The need for professionals with expertise in dementia care is growing rapidly as the prevalence of dementia continues to increase world-wide. In response, Schoolcraft College Continuing Education and Professional Development, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter, are offering a Dementia Care Certificate for professionals working with individuals living with dementia. Classes are interactive and provide practical learning which can be applied in the workplace immediately. CEUs are also available for certain professions. To learn more about the Dementia Care Certificate program or to register, click here.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent type of dementia, was first identified more than 100 years ago, but research into its symptoms, causes, risk factors, and treatment has gained momentum only in the last 30 years. Research has revealed a great deal about Alzheimer’s, however, the precise changes in the brain that trigger the development of Alzheimer’s, and the order in which they occur, largely remain unknown.

If you are living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, or are a caregiver supporting someone with a diagnosis, please know that you are not alone. An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s in 2013. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the country. One in nine people age 65 and older (11 percent), and about one-third of people age 85 and older (32 percent) have Alzheimer’s disease. In Michigan alone, there are approximately 180,000 individuals living with a diagnosis. Nationwide, an estimated 15,410,000 family members and friends provide care for those affected by the disease. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is estimated to total $203 billion in 2013, increasing to $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) by mid-century.

You can help to support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Show your support by celebrating World Alzheimer’s Day on Saturday, September 21st! Wear purple, share your story with another person, and help to reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Join us on Saturday, August 24th 2013 at Ford Field in Detroit!

Be a part of the movement to reclaim the future! The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

To register, please visit us at alz.org/gmc!