ElderCarelink Blog

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

by Carol Bursack
November 1st, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Every month brings us an “awareness month” of some type. September was World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. October was, among other things, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, November is here. November is National Caregivers Month, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and, of course, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

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9/21: Wear purple for World Alzheimer’s Day

by Carol Bursack
September 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am

The Alzheimer’s Association is highlighting World Alzheimer’s Day by asking everyone to wear purple on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Purple is the worldwide color designated for Alzheimer’s awareness. From the Alzheimer’s Association site, you can change your Facebook icon to an Alzheimer’s awareness graphic or purchase awareness products. You can also join sponsored walks to raise both money and awareness. If you are inclined to become locally active, you can coordinate your own Alzheimer’s fundraiser by joining forces with your local Alzheimer’s organization.

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September is “World Alzheimer’s Awareness” Month

by Carol Bursack
September 8th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Most of us really do want to see a cure found for for diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. However, since most people don’t have the time and resources to throw their weight fully behind every health campaign, they tend to back issues that affect them on a personal level. Increasingly, that issue is Alzheimer’s.

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Reduce stigma of dementia by sharing diagnosis

by Carol Bursack
July 13th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

When my dad had brain surgery to drain fluid that was damming up behind scar tissue in his brain, the medical reasoning was the surgery would prevent dementia. Dad had suffered a closed head injury during World War II, but had recovered fairly well from the trauma. However, age brought on new challenges. This surgery was supposed to be the answer. For unknown reasons, the surgery backfired. Dad came out of surgery with severe dementia.

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Glen Campbell goes public about his Alzheimer’s diagnosis

by Carol Bursack
June 23rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

Alzheimer’s disease is no respecter of fame, talent or financial status. Witness the sad news that, according to MSNBC, 75-year-old Grammy winner–Glen Campbell–has announced that he’s been diagnosed with AD. Campbell is loved by his diverse fan base for his pop/country hits, but is also widely admired by guitarists for his exceptional talent on that instrument.

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