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The Alzheimer’s Epidemic: 4 Ways to Help


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September 4, 2013

During the month of September, you may be preoccupied with your children’s school activities, enjoying the beauty of the leaves changing and the crisp fall air, or even watching your favorite football team, not to mention the busy day-to-day activities of your professional work. But September also marks World Alzheimer’s Month. During this time, Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s.

As a senior care professional, you can help support those efforts and serve as an advocate for seniors affected by the disease and their family members. Below you’ll find ways in which others in the senior care industry are addressing the Alzheimer’s epidemic and how you can get more involved.

How Others are Helping:

On September 19, 2013, in Washington D.C., key stakeholders in the fight against Alzheimer’s gathered for a global roundtable discussion. This is the first of three roundtable discussions that Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network, are co-hosting. ADI released its 2013 World Alzheimer Report during this event.  Roundtable participants discussed the report’s findings and identified best practices for governments, medical communities, nonprofits and those in the private sector to better support families and people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Participants in the roundtable include healthcare professionals, government officials, influential Alzheimer’s and senior care organizations as well as individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Roundtable discussions will also take place in London and Beijing.

How You Can Help:

  • Invite Family Caregivers to Free Local Workshops
    Keep senior patients’ family members informed about free Alzheimer’s workshops in your area. The Home Instead Senior Care network plans to host at least 1,000 free local workshops in September across the globe.
  • Recommend an Alzheimer’s Care Book or App
    Home Instead, Inc. has recently released a new book and iPhone app designed to assist family caregivers. The book addresses common behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The free app is an extension of the book, providing instant on-the-go support such as tips to help handle difficult behaviors, answers to your questions and help finding services in your area. Share these resources with a patient’s family member or a fellow healthcare professional.
  • Share Free Online Resources
    []: provides tips for evoking the power of memory, Alzheimer’s-related interactive education courses and monthly Live Chats with Alzheimer’s experts for practical solutions to caregiving challenges.
  • Refer Care Services:
    Familiarize yourself with local Alzheimer’s and dementia care services that you can refer to patients and their family members as needed.

These resources can help to keep you and your patients on the pulse of Alzheimer’s care, training and education. Great strides can be made if everyone stays informed and active in the fight against the Alzheimer’s epidemic and memory loss.

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