November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

The facts are grim; the statistics, horrific. According to the March 2013 Alzheimer’s Association Fact Sheet:

– 5.4 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

– 1 in 8 older Americans has AD.

– It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

– More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care valued at $210 billion for persons with AD and other dementias.

– U.S. payments for care are estimated at $200 billion.

This is all frightening. And the situation will only get worse as the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of the older population at the rate of one every 69 seconds (and that time line is expected to accelerate to one every 33 seconds by 2050). It serves well to highlight the urgency of supporting more research aimed at developing a cure for this “progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to loss of memory, thinking, and other brain functions.” (quote from alz.org)

There are things that are being done to make the burden of caring for AD and other types of dementia less unbearable. At the senior center, for example, we have two Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support groups.

These support groups are being held:

Friday, November 8 with group leader Elaine Yanowitz; please call (617) 713-0420 for more information.

Thursday, November 21 with group leader Susan Kanian-Andriole; please call (617) 730-2754 for time and for other information. This group is currently full, but Susan would be happy to add you to the waiting list or provide a referral for another local group.

For more information, please visit www.brooklineseniorcenter.org

Brookline Senior News and Events

“November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month”

November 6, 2013

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