World Alzheimer’s Day–September 21, 2013

World Alzheimer’s Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the need for more education, support and research!  Alzheimer’s affects millions of people and families around the world.  This year, Alzheimer associations across the world will focus their activities on the care required by people with dementia throughout the course of the condition.

“As a geriatric Nurse practitioner and the daughter of someone that died from Alzheimer’s, I have experienced firsthand the heartaches of this diagnosis.  The focus of World Alzheimer’s Day gives hope to the millions who have and will have this diagnosis.  That focus includes not only research for treatment and a cure, but also highlights the need for interventions to enhance quality of care and in the end quality of life for this population.” –Vicki Teske, MS, RN, GNP-BC

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.  Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, eventually becoming so severe for a person to do daily activities.

Alzheimer’s is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.  There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and experts expect that at least 16 million people in the U.S. will have the disease by next year.

Is there a cure?

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.  Current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, but they can slow the worsening dementia symptoms and improve their daily life.  There is a worldwide effort to find ways to treat the disease.

Alzheimer's Picturehttp://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/world-alzheimers-day-dementia-living-together-107273-1.htm

Sources:

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet

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