Tuesday, November 3, 2009

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association provides facts and figures about this disease:
  • Approximately 5.3 million people have Alzheimer's disease in the United States.
  • Alzheimer's is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia triple healthcare costs for Americans age 65 and older.
Here are two good websites about Alzheimers disease:
 The Alzheimer's Foundation of America sponsors the "National Memory Screening Day" each year and this year's date is November 17th, 2009.  On this date, qualified healthcare professionals offer free, confidential memory screenings. You can click here to search for local screening sites. 

Do you care for an individual who has Alzheimer's disease? The National Institute on Aging provides a free 146 page publication called "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use guide from the National Institute on Aging":

Hudson Regional Library will be hosting two programs about Alzheimer's disease this month:
  • an "Alzheimer's Disease Overview" presented by a representative of the Alzheimer's Association on Wednesday, November 4th at 11:00am.
  • The "Long way home: a journey through Alzheimers" presented by Marian Ritchie on Tuesday, November 17th, at 6:30pm.
Hudson Regional Library
8012 Library Road
Hudson, FL 34667
phone: (727)861-3040

1 comment:

MissionQuestThing said...

This is a great post. We can always use as much info as possible about Alzheimer's, thanks!