AboutAlz.com Ends Regular Run

It’s been three years since I began this blog. I started it as a way to seek answers for myself. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia is staggering and the projected numbers are mind-boggling. Each year we are hopeful for the one miracle drug that will cure AD, but we have not reached our goal.

The untold number of hours that caregivers spend caring for their loved ones cannot be measured. It indeed takes a huge toll on their physical and mental health as well as their financial burden.

When I look at the visitor statistics for this blog, I know that other people are looking for answers as well. Although I am encouraged by the numbers to continue this blog, my situation has changed and I have accepted another challenge which requires that I devote some time to achieve success. I may return to writing this blog in the future, but I hope that it will not be necessary as we will have solved the problem and eliminated Alzheimer’s disease.

If I can summarize what we can all do at this point, it’s everything you would do to keep your immune system healthy such as:

  • Get adequate sleep every night.
  • Take enough Omega 3 and other necessary supplements. (Check with your health care provider).
  • Exercise as vigorously as you can.
  • Find enjoyment in life. Do things that you really love to do. Just because it’s been said that crossword puzzles are good for the brain, if you don’t enjoy it, why are you engaging in it?
  • Be grateful no matter what situation you are in. There’s a lesson to be learned in everything.

The Alzheimer’s organization is one source that has been very helpful in keeping us posted with the latest news and there are other sources that I’ve mention in this blog as well. Do check its Web site periodically. As I say good-bye for now, I thank you for your support.

Last week the Alzheimer’s Association released its new 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. The statistics are grim. It is the sixth leading cause of death and of the top 10, it’s the only one where we do not know exactly how it can be prevented, cured, or slowed. Yes, we do have many research studies going on, but there has not been anything definitive. Most of the studies are just the tip of the iceberg and require further research. Some have produced disappointments. Highlights from the report include the following:

  • An estimated 5.4 million American’s have Alzheimer’s disease. Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds.
  • In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society will total $183 billion in 2011.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, and Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

The complete 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report allows you to get information specific to your state. Let’s hope we will have a major breakthrough this year and the 2012 report will be a lot more promising.

The Alzheimer’s Association produced a video capturing these statistics.

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Alzheimer's Association's E-News

The Alzheimer’s Association has a wonderful Web site packed with a wealth of information. I came across the video below because I signed up to get their weekly E-News and you can click here to sign up as well. It is a one-page update on advances in Alzheimer’s disease care, research, events and a brain-builder puzzle. Although the information is invaluable, it can be overwhelming to those not familiar with navigating Web sites. Additionally, symptoms may be similar, but no two people will experience Alzheimer’s disease in exactly the same way.

The video below reminds us that no one is immune to Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s is a family disease. The statistics are staggering — every 70 seconds in the United States, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Wow! Imagine being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s diagnosis may not surprise you because you may have suspected cognitive decline, but nevertheless, it is a shock to you and your family to receive the news. This can lead to many problems including depression in older adults, anxiety disorder, personality changes, bipolar disorder, and mental health problems, to name a few. Along the journey, although there is no known cure, I will certainly be looking for tips for getting better.

In future posts, I will be writing about stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the problems each stage brings. In this way, we can prepare for coping with the disease.

Check out this video from the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Author's Parents (Dorothy and Mark Murakami) with Oldest Grandson (Brian)

Welcome to aboutalz.comLearning About Alzheimer’s Disease Together. I have a lot of questions about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and perhaps you do, too. September 21st was World Alzheimer’s Day. The numbers are staggering — today there are about 35 million people in the world living with AD or a related dementia. In just 20 years, the number is expected to double. I am passionate about this topic because I am afraid … afraid that I might one day find myself in my late father’s shoes. The day I heard the words … Dad has Alzheimer’s … froze me in my tracks and is etched in my mind forever. I’m not the only one afraid. Approximately two-thirds of adults 55 and over also have the fear. See http://budurl.com/uvkl.

I’ve been blogging for almost a year … http://noranagatani.comHelping Seniors Live Happily Ever After … on senior topics that have touched me or my relatives and friends. It’s been a lot of fun. However, in listening to my mentor, Richard Dennis, the message is clear — I need to find a niche. A few months ago, I didn’t know; now I know that niche is Alzheimer’s.

I dedicate this blog in memory of my father who had AD and my mother who was his primary caretaker and in hope for all of us. I’m grateful for your visit and I hope my research will enhance your knowledge about this ravaging disease. I invite you on this journey with me.  I also invite you to read my story on my About Nora page on the tab above.

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