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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

We can’t always see it coming.  Sometimes signs present themselves, but even then, denial from the dementia victim and family is more common than not.  We are referring to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These words are still scary because so much is not known about the causes of Alzheimer’s. You are not alone, and that so much IS known about this disease. Senior care doctors and researchers are working vigorously to find a cure and improve in home care.

WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
Alzheimer’s disease is a disease of the brain in which the nerve cells are attacked.  The result is loss of memory, irrational thinking processes, and of course changes in behavior.  These symptoms usually manifest after age 65.  This is a degenerative disease and is progressive in nature, making dementia care complicated.  There are people who are affected earlier than age 65, but research has indicated that age is usually the biggest risk factor.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?
We, at Home Health Companions homecare, are dedicated to helping Dallas families stay up to date on the newest and latest senior care research, helpful medications, homecare fundraisers, and senior care screenings.  Since 2003, The Alzheimer Foundation of America has scheduled an event called “National Memory Screening Day,” as a way to get a non-medical baseline screening on people who may be at risk or simply want to know how they compare to their age group. But it is also for those who have shown signs or symptoms of memory loss and exhibited noticeable behavior changes.

This year, The National Memory Screening Day will be November 15, 2011.  Join our home care Dallas team at the Casey Joyce All-American Post 4380, 3420 Avenue K, suite 122, Plano, TX 75074 from 3-7 pm. (located on NE corner of Parker & Ave. K. Approx .4 miles east of 75N)

Local sponsors: Texas Elder Law Attorney, Home Health Companions, Lakeview at Josey Ranch, Assisted Living at Silver Gardens and ThirdAge Services LLC.

Thank you to ALZHEIMER’S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA for sponsoring this event!

Screenings will take place, nationwide, at more than 2,000 locations.  Local pharmacies, doctor’s offices and homecare facilities provide a simple screening that only takes a few minutes to complete.  This screening is not to diagnose, but to allow people to heed warnings that may already be apparent, or simply to have a baseline for future screenings.  We, at Dallas Home Health Companions believe that there is no better way to prepare and take action quickly, than to have a dementia care screening performed.  Some forms of senior dementia, if detected early can be reversed.  Early detection of Alzheimer’s and dementia can be vital to the in home care and future plans for a patient and their family.

We know that the “unknowns” of Alzheimer’s are what make this disease so difficult to deal with for in home and senior homecare caregivers.  So…please,

Get screened.  Get educated.  Be prepared.