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National Alzheimer's Disease Association Month

National Alzheimer's Disease Association Month

Western Maryland Chapter, of the Alzheimer's Association has successfully completed two Memory Walks this fall - Frederick and Cumberland, respectfully.
Between both walks funds raised totaled over $150,000.00. These funds raised from these two walks go to provide services and programs to the families and professional in the Western Maryland regional area. These services and programs are: 24/7 Helpline, Safe Return, Care Consultation, Education, Support Groups, and Information and Referral.
Five point one million people in the United States have Alzheimer's, 85,000 of the people are in the state of Maryland. Every 72 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Ten percent of these numbers are early-on set, which is someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's before the age of 65. Alzheimer's disease is the 7th leading cause of death. In the next 10 years there will be a 75% increase in this disease in the state of Maryland if we do not help find a cure.
With statistics like these it is a very frightening future ahead of anyone. There is hope and help. Researchers are close to developing accurate ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's, but we need and want your help and support to research and care services.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Association Month. Please plan to attend the list seminar below as part of your celebration of NADAM.
If you are an at-home caregiver or provide care in an assisted living or nursing facility, you'll want to attend the upcoming 2007 Frederick County Caregiver Conference to be held Tuesday, November 13 at the Mt. St. Mary's University Conference Center in Frederick, MD from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Beginning with a delicious continental breakfast, this exciting half-day symposium is specifically designed for caregivers to obtain more information on Alzheimer's disease in a fun and relaxed setting. Anyone with an interest in learning about Alzheimer's disease is welcome to attend, including caregivers in home settings, caregivers in managed care settings (CNA's, GNA's), nurses and nurse practitioners, activity directors and related personnel, social workers, counselors, therapists or other direct care workers.
Dr. Elizabeth Galik, Mr. Steven Vozzella, and Mrs. Deb Bauer will guide participants through the conference, learning about the following topics"
* Dementia and its symptoms
* Restorative caregiving
* Strategies that caregivers can utilize to maximize physical function and minimize behavioral disturbance and depressive symptoms among individuals with dementia
* Implementing an activity assessment
* Six types of activity programs that should make an activity program for older adults and be able to list three successful activities
* Five core services available from the Alzheimer's Association for families and caregivers.
The $15 cost per participant includes all materials, a full continental breakfast, and a mid-day snack. To register please call 301-696-0315 with your credit card information.
Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

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