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Idaho Facing Alzheimers Challenge

Meet the support system for Idaho’s 26,000 Alzheimer’s patients. They are, by and large, your neighbors. Some 80 percent are women. The caregivers are themselves an aging cohort, with an average age of 59.
For family caregivers, this labor of love is physically and mentally exhausting labor. Fifty-five percent of caregivers devoted at least 40 hours a week to home care. This portrait comes from a study completed in August by the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group. It’s a window to what the future could hold — for tens of thousands of Idaho patients and their loved ones. Because, even if Idaho does nothing to change the way it addresses Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, one thing will inevitably change. The caseload/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Has your family been affected by Alzheimers?


Read more here: http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/09/24/krichert/alzheimers_a_looming_challenge_idahos_safety_net#storylink=twt#storylink=cpy

Campbell Faces Alzheimers Head On

Glen Campbell wants you to know that he has Alzheimer’s disease. The pop and countrypolitan icon also wants you to know that he’s facing it head-on, and before the degenerative brain disease takes his memories, his music and eventually his life, Campbell is going to go out doing what he loves, singing and playing for fans on his Farewell Tour. Campbell and wife Kim announced his condition last year in the June issue of People magazine. In late August, the legendary singer/guitarist/actor, best known for country-flavored pop hits including “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Southern Nights” and “Wichita Lineman,” released his 61st and final studio album, “Ghost on the Canvas”/Malcolm X Abram, Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. More here.

Question: Do you know someone who had the courage to tackle Alzheimer's head on, like Glen Campbell and Tennessee women's basketball Coach Pat Summit (early onset dementia)?

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