Vision: A World without Alzheimer’s Disease

and how YOU can become a part

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. Those at greatest risk fall into the 65+ age category with one in ten individuals affected and nearly half of those age 85+ are affected. It is a degenerative, incurable disease of the brain that has impacted individuals, families, and our health care system, making this one of our nation’s greatest medical, social, and fiscal challenges.

The ultimate vision of the Alzheimer’s Association is a world without this tragic disease. Until then, their nationwide mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support. and research.

Today, the Alzheimer’s Association offers support to families and individuals through an array of services:

Helpline/ Information and Referral

Offers 24/7 confidential, personal telephone support to individuals by our trained specialists. We provide callers with information about the disease, support and referrals to local resources.

Family Care Consultation

Provides individualized assessment, guidance on care options, interventions and resources to address immediate needs and to help plan for the future.

Support Groups

Offer regularly scheduled sessions of small groups of caregivers and/or individuals in the early stage of the disease who share information and experiences, build new skills, and offer peer support and ideas about issues related to dementia. Groups are facilitated by trained and knowledgeable volunteers.

Education Program

Offers sessions designed to increase awareness about the disease and help families and professionals increase knowledge and skills to enhance the care of persons with dementia.

MedicAlert® + Safe Return®

A nationwide identification and education program that reduces the risks associated with wandering and mobilizes first responders should an individual become lost. The program provides peace of mind to the caregiver and increased safety for the person with dementia.

Early Stage Program

A Core Program with specific activities focused on engaging, encouraging, and empowering impacted individuals to fully utilize their strengths and capacities.

The intended outcomes of programs include:

  • To increase awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and available resources.
  • To empower individuals and families to better cope with and plan for disease progression and memory loss.
  • To reduce the isolation of the family caregiving experience and build social support.
  • To enhance the quality of life for both the person with the disease and the family caregiver.

On Sunday, September 29, you have an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those who have, and will have, this currently incurable disease. Join Annette of FirstLight HomeCare of Chardon by signing up online or give her a call at 440-973-9505.

Annette is giving the top raiser of funds for Team FirstLight HomeCare a gift certificate for a pedicure from Arra’s Salon and Spa in Concord. Take just a couple of minutes and sign up now or donate.

September 29, 2013

Holden Arboretum
9550 Sperry Road
Kirtland, OH 44094

8:30 am- Activities/ 9:30- Ceremony / 9:45- 1 and 3 mile Walks

 

Geauga News
Author: Geauga News