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Two years ago my dad wandered off for the first time since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. He left the house in the middle of the night while my mom was still sleeping. Thankfully, he was wearing his MedicAlert bracelet, and was safely reunited with my mom within about an hour of leaving the house.
He is 68 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight years ago. Over the past few years, the disease has slowly progressed and he now needs to have someone with him at all times.
The holidays are a time for celebration and spending time with family and friends. For those who are affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia, the hustle and bustle can also be a time of additional stress. People with the disease may feel a special sense of loss because of changes they have experienced. Caregivers may feel overwhelmed trying to manage family gatherings and traditions while balancing caregiving responsibilities. The following tips provided by the Alzheimer’s Association may help your family have a happy holiday season.
This November, let’s raise awareness for the 15 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. MedicAlert has deep appreciation for the remarkable individuals who dedicate their love, support, and time to caring for those living with Alzheimer’s.
Whether you are a child, grandchild, sibling, spouse, nurse, or friend who is caring for someone living with any form of dementia, your devotion and efforts should be recognized. Being a caregiver can be a highly fulfilling experience, but can also take a toll on both your physical and emotional health.
On The Longest Day®, teams around the world come together to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity. Held on the summer solstice, June 21, 2014, this event calls on participants to raise funds and awareness to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease. With no cure, this number is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades.
As a staff member of the national office of the Alzheimer’s Association for the past five years, I have seen some issues from constituents that pop up to surprise us, while others follow a pretty predictable cycle.
For those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, one of the scariest moments of their lives come when they are first diagnosed. Coming to grips with the disease isn’t easy for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and for family and friends who also share in the pain and feel the impact of slowing losing a loved one. Additional challenges occur when families are faced with the need to provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.