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Alzheimer's disease is a progressive degenerative disease. Actually it can be viewed as a group of disorders that results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior and affects approximately 4 million Americans and as many as 15 million through out the world. Medical care, education and a support strategy can make the difference and help family and loved ones cope.

Alzheimer's Disease. (2004). In The New Harvard Guide to Women's Health. Credo Reference.

The Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
225 N. Michigan Avenue #1700
Chicago, IL 60601

Gray Panthers Project Fund
1319 F Street NW, Suite 302 Washington, DC 20004
In New York, 165 West 86th Street
Work for social and economic justice and peace for all people.

Administration on Aging
Washington, DC 20201
One Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Aging: 1-202-401-4634
Public Inquiries: 1-202-619-0724
Eldercare Locator (to find local resources): 1-800-677-1116
The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities

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National Institute on Aging
Public Information Office Building 31, Rm: 5C27
31 Center Drive MSC
Bethesda, MD 20892-2292
Federal Government Social & Human Services Resource.
Find legal resources, support services nationwide and information about reporting elder abuse and prevention.

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National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Formerly NCCNHR National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform)
The Consumer Voice
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 425
Washington, DC 20036
1-202-332-2275 (phone)

These resource centers supports the continous development and operation of federally mandated nationwide long-term care ombudsman programs. The Consumer Voice can connect you to state and local resources that might be able to help. Citizen advocacy groups, ombudsmen, state agencies and other resources are available through this website.

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Senior Citizens Resource Guide
Find government resources for seniors on money, housing, health, consumer protection, and more. The site's resources can be useful for seniors and caretakers.

Senior Net
One Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104
SeniorNet is a nonprofit educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded to teach and access computer technologies to share their knowledge and wisdom.


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Related Reading:

Elder Care
The 250 Eldercare Questions Everyone Should Ask by Lita Epstein


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One additional resource

Nice list of resources! One I'd like to add is the Alzheimer Foundation of America--they do great work.

Thank you for the posting

Thank you for the posting very informative and helpful. Your post will help a lot of people in a very difficult time. Just more proof of the power of librarianship!

For downtown seniors:

CB1's Seniors' Guide for Lower Manhattan:

A library user need resources

A library user need resources on how to care for an elderly parent. I emailed her the link to your blog, today. Very useful. Thank you.

Alzheimers Disease

The symptoms of Alzheimers Disease are similar to those of stroke. Other than symptoms, there is no actual test to determine Alzheimers. If, for example, someone has impaired hearing or deafness,it may be considered a sign of Alzheimers, because the afflicted individual may hear and misinterpret a question and reply in a manner that is in no way connected to the question being asked. In other words, some times other problems can incorrectly be diagnosed as Alzheimers. There are ways to prevent Alzheimers. A study was done and the following facts were noted in people who got Alzheimers Disease: 1. They got very little fresh air and exercise. 2. They completely lacked green vegetables such as broccili, spinach, green peas and avacatoes in their diets. Vitamin B is also a source of great power in having great health. 3. A major cause of Alzheimers Disease is isolation. Older people who do not communicate with others and get no feedback from the outside world are much more likely to get Alzheimers. The lack of communication leads to an unawareness of the passage of time, because there is no schedule nor events to punctuate such an awareness. Therefore, a person who has Alzheimers Disease may not know what day, week, month or year it is. 4. People who read all the time, do crosswords or simulated tests which involve memory functions are much less likely to get Alzheimers than other people. A person's memory is similar to playing the piano in as much as the more a person practices the more natural the skill of music, or in Alzheimers Disease memory tremendously improves. 5. Learning a new language is excellent exercize for strengthening the memory. 6. Exercise is very important in improving life for Alzheimers patients. Exercise helps to have a steady bloodflow to the brain. It also is very useful in preventing such diseases as flebitis 7. A study showed that there is a high rate of stroke and heart disease among caretakers of Alzheimers patients. This is because such care is extremely stressful. It requires infinite patience to explain matters to someone with Alzheimers. I know of one instant where an Alzheimer's patient had an appointment with the dentist on a Tuesday. Although she went for the appointment, the following Tuesday she put the appointment on her calendar again. Her secretary removed it and reminded her of the fact that she had already been to the dentist. Nevertheless, she continued to put the appoint back on the calendar every Tuesday. In another situation, a Grandmother told her daughter that she was very sorry that she, the daughter and her grandchild had forgotten to come to see her at Christmas. However, they had been to the Christmas celebration with the others in the family. It becomes disheartening when the caretaker realizes he or she is not recognized by the patient. Being a caretaker for an Alzheimer's patient is as stressful as caring for a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). A caretaker should be someone who has excellent health and is very unflappable. 7. People should pray for victims of Alzheimers or stroke. Their view of the world is continually narrowing and their power of reaching out to others becomes hardly negibable.

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