Alzheimer’s disease is form of dementia that causes issues with behavior, thinking and memory. It involves slowly developing symptoms that increase in severity over time making it difficult to do daily tasks.
If you know someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia of some kind, there is help available. You are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association (AA) is one of the most trusted resources for education, referral, information and support for the millions of individuals affected by this disease.
Headquartered in Chicago, the Alzheimer’s Association is on a mission to promote brain health to reduce the risk of dementia. They promote advancing research and enhanced support and care for all people affected. They envision a world without Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the biggest funder for Alzheimer’s research from a nonprofit charity! Some of the most advanced discoveries have been funded by AA, including the development of PiB, or the Pittsburgh Compound B, a scan that identifies beta-amyloid in a living brain.
The AA also has a Research Grant Program where they fund investigations to advance new strategies of treatment and care for people with dementia.
To help improve treatments, AA conducts Clinical Trials where participants are recruited helping to advance the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Healthy volunteers along with caregivers and people with dementia are all urgently needed to participate in these clinical trials.
Support and Help
No one should have to face Alzheimer’s disease alone. The AA offers many resources of support and help. Our memories often change as we grow older, so on the AA website, you can learn the ten early warning signs to know.
When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia it can be life altering to come to terms with it. You might feel fearful or be in denial about it. There is a process of Accepting the Diagnosis and AA gives vital suggestions to help.
Alzheimer’s has a few stages in it’s development and the middle stages can generally last the longest. As the disease advances, the individual affected will need a greater level of care. As a caregiver, it’s vital to get the support you need. AA offers help on their Middle-Stage Caregiving pages.
While often the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease can leave a person feeling helpless, there are ways you can help. You can volunteer your time, donate money or donate a car for Alzheimer’s. Your car donation can help the AA offer hope, support and advanced research for those suffering from dementia related diseases.