Focus on Dementia and Alzheimer's

This week the team at FirstLight Silicon Valley would like to share a collection of articles and resources that focus on Alzheimer's and Dementia. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's in some form; and 1/3 of American's over the age of 85 are affected by the illness. With numbers climbing though, so has awareness, research, and support.

The Alzheimer's organization and other local senior focused groups are offering tremendous resources; private companies have started forming employee support groups in recognition of the challenges our sandwich generation face; and social media and technology play a prominent role in connecting people worldwide from both a clinical and emotional standpoint. Below are just a few articles and local support resources; certainly reach out to discuss additional ways FirstLight and our team of experienced dementia trained caregivers can help.

Molly Johnson is the Co-Owner and Director of Client Services for FirstLight Silicon and Tri Valley. Advocating and supporting our elder community is among her highest priorities. Please reach out for any additional information on this or other previously featured topics.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Resources and Support
What are the Seven Stages of Alzheimer's? - FirstLight...

What are the Seven Stages of Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that gradually worsens over a period of four to 20 years based on recent data from the Alzheimer's Association. On average, however, most people live between four to...

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Facebook Groups

Dementia/Alzheimers Family Caregiver Support has 15,249 members. This is a place for family members of loved ones living with or having lived with Dementia/Alzheimer's. We are non-judgmental and here...

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Alzheimer's Statistics

Worldwide, nearly 50 million people have Alzheimer's or related dementia. (Bright Focus Foundation) Only 1-in-4 people with Alzheimer's disease have been diagnosed. (Alzheimer's Disease International) Alzheimer's and dementia is most common in...

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The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialists and master's-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the...

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Caregiver Stress

Alzheimer's caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. It can be overwhelming to take care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or other dementia, but too much stress can be harmful to both of you. Read on to learn symptoms and...

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Family Caregiver Series: Dementia Basics
Hope Hospice, Community Educator
September 10, 10:00am
Since dementia dramatically changes the ways that individuals think, perceive, and communicate, caring for a loved one with dementia presents a unique set of challenges. Hope Hospice’s dementia specialists, Gia Barsell and Debbie Emerson, will discuss the nature and progression of dementia and the various diseases and conditions that can produce its symptoms. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the ways in which dementia can impact the brain and behavior.

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