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I enjoyed breakfast and coffee out with my Mom a few days ago. I try to have a day out at least once a month for a strictly Mom and daughter bonding time. I enjoyed listening to updates about her friends and family members that I don’t get to visit with any longer. One of the things that we chatted about was my Grandmother who is 92 now and in a nursing home. It struck me that my parents are getting older. My Mom is seventy now and has to take on more responsibility for managing my Grandmother’s affairs. As my parents get older, I can see myself in the same situation. I wonder if dementia or the Alzheimer’s disease will play a part in that.
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Caring for an aging family member is a lot of work. Even though my Grandmother is in a nursing home, my parents are still very involved in what she needs. There are doctor’s appointments that need to be scheduled. There are things that she needs that they need to shop for whether that’s new summer clothes or a telephone that’s easier to dial with her failing eyesight. There is financial paperwork that my Mom needs to deal with to pay her bills and make sure that her income taxes are filed on time. I cannot imagine adding something like Alzheimer’s symptoms into this situation.
Did you know that about 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, with one new case diagnosed every 68 seconds? That means that one in nine Americans over age 65—and nearly one in three Americans over age 85—is currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s today. I was truly blown away by these figures. Because of the aging population in this country, these numbers are only going to get larger in the future. By 2050, that number could nearly triple to a projected 13.8 million! Can you imagine the cost in both time and money to families that will have to deal with this?
There is an Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative that is trying to find effective ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease as quickly as possible. I would love it if Alzheimers was something that my daughter’s generation didn’t need to deal with as adults. You can help with the fight to end Alzheimer’s by helping to accelerate research and participating in prevention studies. All you need to do is register for the Alzheimers’ Prevention Registry. It’s totally free and an easy way for you to make a difference and help end Alzehimer’s today. Please register today.
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.