National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

national Alzheimer's disease awareness monthAccording to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number will be growing rapidly in the coming years as the Baby Boomer generation ages, and it’s estimated that by the year 2050, the number of people aged 65 or older with the disease could more than triple.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder and is ultimately fatal, due to the fact that currently there is no cure. The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease damages brain cells which leads to memory loss and behavioral changes.  Researchers continually work on treatments and preventative measures to stop the disease, and it is vital that these studies continue to advance.

The Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a few events planned in support of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  On Friday, November 14th, you can join them for a full day of support and education for caregivers at the Caregiver Symposium at the Holiday Inn IPFW in Fort Wayne.  American Senior Communities is proud to be a voice sponsor of this event.

Also, on Sunday, November 16th you can enjoy delicious chocolates and a gourmet brunch at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 23rd annual Chocolate Sunday, held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. You’ll have the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research, support and care. This event will also feature a new VIP reception with speaker Richard C. Mohs, Ph.D, who will discuss the latest in Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Alzheimer’s Association is always looking for volunteers to further their mission. You can become an Alzheimer’s Ambassador and help advance public policy, or help them raise awareness of their programs services by sharing your own experiences within the community or through health fairs.  You can also help plan fundraising events or facilitate a support group. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, email IndianaVolunteer@alz.org.

Americinfographic2an Senior Communities is proud to present our latest infographic in honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.  It’s full of quick facts and figures regarding the disease, and you can easily share it with everyone you know by visiting our website!

Last year, the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association raised nearly $150,000 in memorial and honorary gifts. Many find that a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association provides a lasting gift in recognition of a loved one’s birthday or anniversary. There are several easy ways to donate and honor a friend or family member.

For more information about memory care at American Senior Communities, please visit www.ascseniorcare.com.

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