This blog is for those who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease,
FTD and forms of dementia, caregivers, friends and medical professionals that want to share their feelings, thoughts, encouragement, vent and open how they cope with this disease. I was diagnosed in 2004 with the early stages, and quite frankly it scared the beegeebees out of me. 2007 PET SCAN confirmed all.
In 1983, three years before his public letter of his own Alzheimer’s diagnosis, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the month of November to be National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. Two decades and a year later, the Alzheimer’s Association raises the banner on National Alzheimer’s Awareness month with their Honor a Caregiver Today campaign.
Meanwhile, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) leads us in celebrating National Family Caregiver’s Month with some alarming details. (The three links below are from CAN’s website.] Did you know that…?
Summary on the Alzheimer’s Disease International’s website (slightly paraphrased): Critical examination of the evidence… of modifiable risk factors that can reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 50% including: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular. “Dementia [must] be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs).
* The World Alzheimer Report 2014 was independently researched and authored by Prof Martin Prince, Prof Emiliano Albanese, Dr Maëlenn Guerchet and Dr Matthew Prina on behalf of the Global Observatory for Ageing and Dementia Care, King’s College London. The work was supported by a grant from Bupa.
Brenda Avadian, MA, Executive Director, founded The Caregiver's Voice in 1998 while caring for her father who lived with Alzheimer's disease. As a prolific author and national spokesperson for family caregivers and professionals, she brings hope and strength to caregivers with knowledge, support, and humor.
God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!
PS: not my usual type of post but Brenda is sort of a neighbour and friend, well you see I so like caregiver's well at least a little.