Visiting Angels September 2017

September 2017

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Dementia affects millions of people across the country. Many of those dementia cases are classified as Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative condition that leads to memory loss and reduced cognition. It’s estimated that over 5 million Americans live with the disease and that over 16 million will have the disease by 2050. her make a scrapbook for her kids so they would have memories of their mother for years to come. Taking the Disease 1 Step at a Time

We helped Diana with many daily activities, from showering to getting dressed. To keep her mind active, we supplied her with games and other activities that gave her a sense of accomplishment. Our goal was to provide a positive experience of a tough situation. Dan told us how relieved he was and that he should have called sooner. In that, he is not alone. Many family caregivers wait too long before reaching out. When they call us, they are often stressed and don’t know what to do next. When you are in that situation, you need rest. You need time for yourself to stay healthy, to eat right, and to get plenty of exercise. Your well- being is just as important as anyone else’s. While research and treatment of Alzheimer’s is advancing, we still have a long way to go. It’s up to us to change the course of this disease. This month, we invite you and your family to join us for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This walk is held in over 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest event for awareness, support, and research. This year, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, September 23, at Seascape Resort and Park. Join our staff and caregivers for this important event. For more details, you can call our office or you can look it up online. Simply search for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Santa Cruz. We hope to see you there!

We serve hundreds of seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. These people once led productive and fascinating lives as doctors, attorneys, politicians, and aerospace engineers. Today, their accomplishments and memories are in the care of their families and caregivers. I remember one client whom I met when she was in her mid- 40s. This individual, whom I’ll refer to as Diana, lived a fulfilling life. She had many friends, a wonderful career, and an adoring family. She also had early-onset Alzheimer’s. When I first knocked on her front door to meet her, she greeted me and said, “I have Alzheimer’s.” I replied, “You remembered you have Alzheimer’s!” She nodded and told me that while it was one detail she could remember, there were many other times when she struggled to remember things. At times, it was a challenge to focus on more than one thing. “Some days are easier than others,” she explained. Diana’s husband, whom I’ll refer to as Dan, called us because he needed support. He worked long hours and had two teenage kids to take care of. Initially, he wanted to be the primary source of support for his wife, but he confessed that he was close to having a breakdown. We reassured him that he was not alone and that he had a complete support system in us.

Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

While Diana was in our care, we guided her through old photographs, labeling each one along the way. We also helped

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