Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Informational events in scheduled throughout June
“Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter, in an email. “As we gear up for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, it is so important that we focus on educating the community about this terrible disease and support caregivers as they work tirelessly to help their loved ones struggling with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.”
Lepard suggested that in addition to attending one of the scheduled programs, the community should get involved by “going purple” and showing their support for a world without Alzheimer’s on June 21.
Purple is the color of the Alzheimer’s movement.
The following is a list of upcoming events:
• June 1, 6 to 7 p.m.: Dementia Conversations workshop on ways to have honest and caring conversations regarding driving, doctor visits, legal and financial planning. Place: Brookridge Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care, 1901 Division St., Marquette. Call 800-272-3900.
• June 2, 1 to 2 p.m.: Know the 10 Warning Signs workshop, which will provide the facts on Alzheimer’s, why early detection matters and how to plan for the future. Place: Gwinn Clubhouse, 165 Maple St. Gwinn. Call 800-272-3900.
• June 15, noon to 1 p.m.: Know the 10 Warning Signs Lunch and Learn workshop, which will deal with why early detection matters and how to plan for the future. Place: Riverview Heights Apartments,174 Wiliow Drive, Republic. Call 906-228-6566 before 9 a.m. to reserve a meal.
• June 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Know the Warning Signs Lunch and Learn workshop. Place: Lost Creek Apartments, 200 Lost Creek Drive, Marquette. Call 906-228-6566 before 9 a.m. to reserve a meal.
• June 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Know the 10 Warning Signs workshop providing the facts on Alzheimer’s. Place: Mill Creek Assisted Living, 1600 Mill Creek Court, Marquette. Call 800-272-3900.
• June 28, 7 to 8 p.m.: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease workshop. Information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages and more. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St., Marquette. Call: 906-228-3910, although there’s no need to RSVP.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It’s estimated that Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost the U.S. $259 billion this year, with costs rising as high as $1.1 trillion by 2050.
The organization also noted that more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, and that number could rise to 16 million by 2050.
It defined the disease as a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, with symptoms developing slowly and worsening over time.
Alzheimer’s has no cure yet, but treatments that temporarily slow the symptoms of dementia are available, and research continues on the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter covers 60 counties. Its Upper Peninsula office, located at 309 S. Front St., Suite 233, Marquette, can be reached at 906-228-3910. For more information, visit www.alz.org. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is 800-272-3900.
Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.