Posted: January 13, 2017
More than 5 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s in the United States today! That number is staggering and is sure to increase with the aging of baby boomers. Fortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is receiving a lot of attention in the media. In 2015, Owen Wilson revealed that his father, Bob Wilson, is battling Alzheimer’s disease and commented, “You just have to do your best to deal with it. You’ve got no choice but to accept it. And then, you sort of still look for the things to be grateful for.”
Also in the news recently was a study linking a correlation between weight in midlife and the onset of Alzheimer’s. The study, published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, found that in cognitively normal adults who later on developed Alzheimer’s, being overweight in midlife (50 years old) seems to accelerate the onset of the disease. This study may be good news in identifying an area that we may be able to control through healthy eating and exercising.
Dayspring Villa and Christian Living Communities (CLC) are committed to supporting the Alzheimer’s fight through staff education, fund-raising and supporting those who suffer and their families. CLC raised funds for the Alzheimer’s Association through many fun staff activities including participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Also, CLC has received recognition in Leaders in Dementia Care through the Alzheimer’s Association in recognition of extensive associate dementia training.
Our mission is to support the people who live with us, their families and those who care for our residents that are on a journey with Alzheimer’s disease.
By Pat McBride, CLC’s Associate Executive Director of Clinical Services.