AD What you need to know Updated August 2012

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Alzheimer’s Disease What you need to know Alzheimer ’ s Association Greater Indiana Chapter

Alzheimer’s Disease Basics:

Alzheimer’s Disease Basics Alzheimer’s ( AHLZ-high-merz ) disease destroys brain cells and affects a person's memory, ability to learn, make judgments, communicate, and carry out basic daily activities. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. It is a progressive, fatal disease and has no cure.

Alzheimer’s disease vs. Dementia :

Alzheimer’s disease vs. Dementia Dementia is an umbrella term. Dementia is a loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the cause of 70% of all dementia cases. Other forms of dementia include Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and 170 other culprits

Other Causes of Memory Problems:

Other Causes of Memory Problems Dementia symptoms can also be reversible. A variety of those causes are Depression Adverse Drug Reactions Medication Side Effects Thyroid Problems Nutritional Deficiencies (especially B12) Dehydration Infections

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease:

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Warning signs of Alzheimer’s 1.Memory changes that disrupt daily life 2.Challenges in planning or solving problems

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Warning signs of Alzheimer’s 3.Difficulty completing familiar tasks 4.Confusion with time or place

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Warning signs of Alzheimer’s 5.Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 6.New problems with words in speaking or writing 7.Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

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Warning signs of Alzheimer’s 8.Decreased or poor judgment 9.Withdrawal from work or social activities 10.Changes in mood and personality

What should I do if I see some of the 10 signs?:

What should I do if I see some of the 10 signs? Talk with people about what you are seeing and thinking Visit the doctor – you could find out it is Alzheimer’s or it might not be dementia at all, but another illness.

Facts and Figures:

Facts and Figures 6 th leading cause of death in the U.S. 5.4 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s Over 15 Million Caregivers: - 70% Women Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds Baby boomers are entering the age of greatest risk Affects 1 out of 8 over age 65; 1 out of 2 over age 85

Greater Indiana Chapter:

Greater Indiana Chapter Serving 73 counties across the state of Indiana, working to help the estimated 120,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s disease…

Mission :

Mission People + Science Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Services:

Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Services

24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900:

24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900 Greater Indiana Chapter receives 6,000 calls annually 250,000 calls nationwide Either a masters-level social worker or trained consultant takes calls 24/7 Emotional support, care-planning information and referral 170 different languages

Care Consultation and Support Groups:

Care Consultation and Support Groups 15,000 caregivers and people in the early stage of the disease attend Indiana support groups 80 support group facilitators provide education at 65 support groups throughout the state One-on-one care consultations with a Masters-level social worker at no cost Consultations offered by phone, e-mail and in-person

Education:

Education Program Offerings: Know the 10 Signs The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease Living with Alzheimer's: -For People with Alzheimer's -For Caregivers -Early, Middle and Late Stages Early-Stage Social Programs Annual Caregiver Conferences

Research:

Research World's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's disease research Exciting time for research Areas covered: -factors contributing to the disease - new treatment strategies -care for people with dementia -brain health and disease prevention TrialMatch -free, confidential, interactive online matching tool - volunteers needed

Advocacy :

Advocacy Increase investment in Alzheimer’s research Improve detection, diagnosis and care planning Develop a national and local strategic plan to address Alzheimer’s disease Cultivate relationships with elected officials on a state and national level

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www.alz.org/indiana 1-800-272-3900

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