Alzheimer’s disease: Raising awareness in the community

Holding an elderly person's hand.

About 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer's disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death among the elderly. (Thinkstock)

On Sept. 25, the annual Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk was held in the different communities of Columbia, California, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and a several other states. It is one of the biggest events in the country wherein participants register to join the cause of the organization. Each year, the memory walk plays a significant mark in every community to increase the awareness and raise funds for further study of the disease. It is also meant to assist the affected families and eventually find the cure for the illness. It is a huge concern currently because, based on the recent 2010 study highlighted by the Alzheimer Association, there are 5.3 million Americans affected by the disease, and it is the seventh leading cause of death among the elderly.

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a common form of dementia, which disrupts activities of daily life as well as damages reasoning abilities and thinking skills. It is an incurable, degenerative and fatal disorder. World Health Organization and Alzheimer Association released basic information on the early and late warning signs of the disorder. One of the earliest signs of the illness is inability to acquire new memories. The late symptoms are confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss and the general withdrawal of the patient as their senses decline.

There are 10 warning signs of the illness. These include memory loss (usually dates, people and events), difficulty solving problems and planning, sudden change in schedules at work and home, confusion with time and place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, new problems with words in speaking and writing, misplacing things and inability to retrace steps, decreased or poor judgment, withdrawal from work or social activities and alterations in mood or personality. If you think you need an appointment to talk to someone about this disease and are short on funds, you can apply for a short term loan or a low-cost cash advance loan here.

Alzheimer Association

Alzheimer Association is the leading voluntary health organization supporting communities with increasing information dissemination on the causes and effects of the disease among elderly. The group envisions a world without Alzheimer’s disease. The group also encourages more communities, families and individuals to partake in their vision, goals and objectives. It promotes advancement and further researches on the treatment, causative factors and preventive measures on the disorder.

Alzheimer Association provides specific health referrals and support care systems and groups for the early diagnosis and detection of Alzheimer’s disease. They may be called health advocators, who constantly notify the public on the importance of brain health and total body wellness. The annual memory walk and updated educational strategies are only few of their continuous innovations of the group to accurately, deliberately and efficiently maintain their stand against the degenerative disease.

Community effort on Alzheimer’s disease

Hundreds of concerned American citizens unite annually in various communities to adhere to Alzheimer Association’s vision. In this memory walk, thousands of dollars are donated and fund raising programs are supported and created for the affected individual, families and society. Fighting the disease is a collective and community effort; it needs gradual, regular and stable support structure to sustain its purpose.

Sources

http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/page/content.detail/id/530983/Moving-to-stop-Alzheimer-s-disease.html?nav=5005

http://www.nptelegraph.com/articles/2010/09/26/news/60007165.txt

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