November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
If you didn’t know already, Alzheimer’s Disease is something that is close to our hearts at Orchard House Adult Day Care in Branford, CT. We have a lot of clients with the disease. We’re proud supporters of numerous organizations that fight hard through donations and research to find a cure for this disease.
We would like to ask that you join with us to support the ongoing research by donating, sharing this blog on your social media pages, and spreading the word about how important it is to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Below you’ll find some links to reputable organizations whose mission is to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. If you feel compelled to donate, please do. From everyone at Orchard House Adult Day Care in Branford, CT: thank you.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can lead to thinking, behavioral, and memory issues. The disease affects an estimated five million seniors in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that over 44 million people live with Alzheimer’s disease. It is considered the sixth leading cause of death in America.
The disease will typically start off with minor symptoms, sometimes so minor that the disease is not accurately diagnosed. Over time the symptoms worsen, eventually leading to the point where the person affected cannot complete daily tasks. In many cases, those suffering from Alzheimer’s have limited memory capacity. Not only are they unable to build new memories, but they also cannot retain memories they have built over their lifetime. This can include recognizing family and friends.
Some of those that live with the disease are unable to carry on a conversation or express themselves. The average lifespan of someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is eight years, but they can survive as many as 20 years.
One of the keystones of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is understanding and recognizing the symptoms of the disease. This is because while there may not be a cure yet, there are medications that can slow the progression of the disease. Recognition of symptoms may help someone live a more full life before the disease does too much damage.
Confusion with time and/or place – Sometimes those with the disease can forget where they are or what time, day, month, or year it is. This can cause confusion and frustration.
Memory loss – Nominal memory loss is normal in aging adults, but those with Alzheimer’s disease will have severe memory loss that gets worse with time. They can forget who people are, important dates, things they done, their history, and more.
Issues solving problems – Those with Alzheimer’s may take longer than normal to complete simple tasks. The rate or issue with solving tasks may also worsen with time to the point where they’re unable to safely and effectively take care of themselves.
Personality and mood changes – With the above symptoms taking hold of their mind, those with Alzheimer’s disease will likely become very agitated, confused, and sometimes even violent. Depression can also set in. These major shifts in mood and personality are typically a direct result of the other symptoms.
History of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
In 1983, President Ronald Regan designated the entire month of November to be declared National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. At the time of the designation, the United States had an estimated two million people with the disease.
Every year since 1983 various organizations host fundraisers, events, and more to try and bring more attention to the disease. They raise awareness and funds that can help with research into finding a cure.
Places to Donate
There are many organizations that you can donate you money, or time, to help with the cause. Below you’ll find the two most popular organizations:
Alzheimer’s Association – This organization is one of the leaders in the fight against Alzheimer’s. They raise funds and provide many different services and event to help bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease. DONATE HERE
2. Orchard House Adult Day Care, Branford CT
Our mission at Orchard House is to provide the highest quality of community-based, person-centered care, social programs, and family support to those in need.
Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center is a non-profit motivated to maintain the highest quality of care and to improve the quality of life of aging adults and caregivers in a supportive and person-centered environment. Donate Here
We hope that every November you will join us in bringing awareness to this disease until an awareness month is no longer needed because a cure was found. There is a cure out there. Let’s find it together.
About Orchard House Adult Day Care, Branford, CT
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Orchard House began its mission of serving aging adults in 1981 under the name East Shore Regional Adult Daycare Center. Orchard House saw a need for quality social engagement programs for people living with cognitive impairment and responded by developing a program where participants could gather to socialize, share a meal, and engage in enriching recreational activities.
Orchard House found it’s first home in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Branford located right off the Branford Green. During the early 1980’s, Orchard House was the sole day program for older adults located between New London and New Haven. While Orchard House was up and running as a day program in 1981, Orchard House formally became a non-profit day program in 1982.
Within the first year of operation, Orchard House became known for the quality care provided to its participants but was soon recognized by members of the community, legislative leaders, and medical professionals as a leader in the area of caregiver support. It was in 1983 that Orchard House started an Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers which was one of the first of its kind in the state.
In 1985, Orchard House was growing and relocated to the old Short Beach School where it still operates today. Orchard House has seen an increased need in recent years for aging adults in need of custodial care and medical oversight while in an environment that fosters independence and social-emotional enrichment.
Orchard House has also seen first hand how family caregivers are impacted by the responsibilities of caregiving and has made it our mission support those family caregivers through support groups, respite care,& informational and educational programs. In 2014, Orchard House was recognized by Citizens Bank and WTNH News 8 as a “Champion in Action” for strengthening families through community support.