Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Unlock Local Resources on Alzheimer's Disease

Did you know Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.?  It's a staggering statistic that crosses families of all walks of life.  A disease that is not only debilitating for those who suffer from it, but can also be devastating to their family members doing their best to help.  Knowledge is the key towards helping people become more aware of this disease including its symptoms, preventative care, what you can do if you (or a family member) is diagnosed with it and more.  If you see information, we invite you to join your Main Library on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00AM for an Alzheimer's Awareness workshop that will be led by Mindy Bannister, Case Manager with the Alzheimer's Association here in Abilene.

At this session, guests will learn the basics of AD, what it is, what the sign/symptoms are, and what you can begin doing after a diagnosis has been made.  Even better, you will learn about what local resources are available to you.  Get the information you need, from a local professional, and please come with something to take note on and your questions.

When it comes to AD, there are many misconceptions people have.  One of the most common is that many don't understand why AD leads to death.  Believed by many to only be a disease that causes people to have difficulty in remembering things, that is but one of the early symptoms.  As time progresses, and the disease advances, more symptoms follow including difficulty with language, disorientation (getting lost easily), mood swings, loss of motivation, not being able to manage taking care of oneself, and behavioral issues.  Then, as the person's condition continues to decline, they begin to withdraw from family and people, until finally bodily functions are lost and death occurs.  Such does not happen quickly as the duration of this progression can last between three to nine years after diagnosis. 

Although there is no cure for AD, those who have it eventually have to rely on the care of others to get by with daily needs, which can prove financially and emotionally taxing.  Family members and close relatives and friends then try to do all they can to help, but this disease takes a toll on everyone it touches.  Although there is no cure, preparing yourself with the information you need is an important step in being able to know not only what to expect, but what you can do to help.  The workshop your library will host will offer you a chance to get that information.  For as it's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., this is a disease that may very well impact your life at some point, be it directly or indirectly.

Until then, know that you can take advantage of resources we have available for checkout through your library to start learning about this disease.  Staff would be more than happy to assist you in locating materials that will cover a wide range of topics from general information to what you need to know as a caregiver.

We hope you'll be able to join us for the Alzheimer's Awareness workshop at your Main Library on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00AM.  There's no registration required and you'll benefit greatly from the information that will be shared whether it's for yourself, or someone you know.  For more information, contact staff at 325-676-6025.

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