One-Stop Resource and Information Office Forms “Walk Team” to Help Fundraise and Raise Awareness

Alz Walk Flyer 2015 for websiteThe Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s. The disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal. One Senior Place Greater Orlando, a one-stop resource and information office providing advice, care and services for seniors and caregivers, has formed a team to contribute to the Orlando Walk, which will take place on October 17 at Lake Eola Park.

“Alzheimer’s disease has taken a terrible toll on the elderly, but research is the key to providing and enhancing care and supporting all who have been affected,” says Emily Stowers, One Senior Place Aging Services Manager and Team Captain. “We’re happy to do all we can to support this research and promote brain health.”

By participating in the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, One Senior Place will help fuel the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, both through fundraising and participating in the event, it will help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in the Central Florida community.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Facts

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides some basic information regarding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, which includes the following:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
  • Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing.

One Senior Place has a Memory Resource Center where you can find books and information about the disease, resources for caregivers and various guides that can help people learn more and make informed choices regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“If your loved one is showing signs of memory loss, an assessment such as a baseline memory screening may be in order,” says Stowers. “Current treatments can slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their family caregivers, so early diagnosis is important.”

Free memory screenings are offered at One Senior Place every month. For more information, you can visit the Memory Resource Center at One Senior Place Greater Orlando, which is located at 715 Douglas Avenue in Altamonte Springs, or call 407-949-6733.