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Health & Wellness - November 24, 2021

Showing Support for Those Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

Showing Support for Those Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time to heighten awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and show support for the more than 6.2 million Americans living with it. At Christian Living Communities, we believe that family members of those with Alzheimer’s are also “living with dementia” because it impacts them as well. We strive to help individuals and their family live as successfully as possible at each stage of the disease process. One of the ways we do this is by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Participants from Christian Living Communities added their footsteps to many others during the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s to demonstrate our desire as a community to live in a world without Alzheimer’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s, and it is held in more than 600 communities throughout the country every year. All the money raised through the event goes towards furthering care, support, and research efforts of the nonprofit organization.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The term dementia is used to define brain diseases related to memory loss and diminished cognitive skills. Here are some other key facts about Alzheimer’s disease and how it impacts people across this country:

  • There are some 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • Heart disease can raise your risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Other conditions that cause heart disease are also linked to a higher risk of getting AD, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, poor diet, and a nonactive lifestyle.
  • Since 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 145 percent, while deaths from heart disease have decreased by 7 percent.
  • People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are usually cared for by family members or friends, with 80 percent receiving care in their homes.
  • Each year, more than 16 million Americans provide more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care for family and friends with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
  • Women have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s, making up two-thirds of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They also make up two-thirds of the family caregivers.
  • One in three caregivers is age 65 or older, and approximately one-quarter of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers, meaning that they care not only for an aging parent, but also for children under the age of 18.

Jerri Johnston, the sales and marketing director at Villagio of Carrollton says that as a team, their community participated in the walk in Denver. Together, they raised $100 for the cause.

Of the walk, she says, “I can tell you from past walk experiences it really builds a sense of community, both the Villagio community and the people who support the Alzheimer’s Association and their work for a cure. You build friendships and share experiences unique to those of us who work with people with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers actually doing the work. It sounds odd to say, but the day of the walk feels like a celebration and hope that there is a future that includes a cure.”

If Alzheimer’s has touched your family, Villagio Senior Living offers memory care services at their communities which are designed to support residents living with memory loss or dementia. Contact us to learn more.

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