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November 11, 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness this month

Nov. 11, 2013 — The editor:

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, and we kicked it off once again with a 5K walk/run on Nov. 2 at the Center for Health Education and Research to raise awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The 2013 “Turkey Trot for a Cure” was a great success with more than 130 walkers/runners and over $1,500 in donations for our local chapter.

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK our sponsors (St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Whitaker Bank, Print + Pixel Creative, Commercial Signs, Ale 8 One, Spurlock Chiropractic Centre, All Star Realty, Ridgeway Nursing & Rehabilitation, Aramark and Citizens Bank) and those who participated and volunteered to make the event successful.

However, more importantly, we need to be aware of the magnitude of Alzheimer’s disease in America and work together to find a cure. The annual “Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures” for 2013 are staggering. 5.4 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s disease; including 80,000 Kentuckians. The disease affects 1 in 8 older adults and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the US today for which there is no cure. Fifty percent of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease never receive the diagnosis. On another note, there are over 15 million unpaid caregivers!

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss or other intellectual abilities and accounts for 50-80 percent of dementia cases. Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a normal part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer's disease. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees:

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