Alzheimer Escalates in United States

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthWith the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease escalating and the needs of families dramatically increasing along with it, Senior Helpers, one of the largest in-home care companies for seniors in the nation, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), one of the nation’s leading non-profit foundations dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with the disease and their families. Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. As part of the strategic partnership, Senior Helpers and AFA will co-sponsor educational conferences and webinars related to care issues, and collaborate on other projects that promote improved quality of care for the dementia population. In addition, Senior Helpers is proud to be a silver sponsor of AFA’s National Memory Screening Day on November 15, 2011 and encourages individuals with memory concerns and those who want to check their memory now and for future comparison to take a free screening.

Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease (according to AFA):

    1. Memory loss – especially of recent events, names, placement of objects, and other new information
    2. Confusion about time and place
    3. Struggling to complete familiar actions – such as brushing teeth or getting dressed
    4. Trouble finding the appropriate words, completing sentences, and following directions and conversations
    5. Poor judgment when making decisions
    6. Changes in mood and personality – such as increased suspicion, rapid and persistent mood swings, withdrawal, and disinterest in usual activities
    7. Difficulty with complex mental assignments- such as balancing a checkbook or other tasks involving numbers
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