Resources on Alzheimer’s Posted April 23, 2011 in Our articles

This blog will be devoted to current issues in health care with a particular emphasis on elder care issues. This month, we’re focusing on Alzheimer’s Disease, a devastating disease for those affected, caregivers and family members alike.

The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging have very recently issued the first new criteria and guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in 27 years. Links to documents related to the recently published criteria can be found at the Alzheimer’s Association website. Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Association website is a wealth of information providing not only practical care giving suggestions and strategies, but information specific to culturally diverse populations, clinical trials, practical suggestions regarding safety, a 24/7 hotline, as well as information about recent advocacy efforts on behalf of those with Alzheimer’s.

For example, did you know that—as of February 2010—early onset Alzheimer’s has been added to the Compassionate Allowances list for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? Information on who is eligible and how to apply can all be found on at www.alz.org.

Closer to home

• The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors Caregiver Support Groups in the Philadelphia area, and you can find a support group close to you through the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. If you are unable to attend a group in person, consider joining an online chat room where you can share your concerns, suggestions and insights with others.

• The Philadelphia area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Citizen’s Bank Park. If you’re interested in participating, sign up!

Think about it

Each of us can do more to encourage our brain health; do something today: read an article, or pick up a new hobby (and set a goal to keep learning it!). Why not share your talents by teaching a friend a new skill?