Alzheimer’s is a gradual and slowly progressive disease of the brain that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It is a neurodegenerative disorder chacacterized with impaired memory, reasoning, language and perception. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia in the United States. The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s increases drastically after the age of 70 and affects roughly one half of the population over the age of 85, although many people live into their 90’s and never develope Alzheimers.
The causes of Alzheimers is unknown. Living with the disease impacts an individual’s ability to function in everday life. Treatment options are available. The individuals with Alzheimer’s needs to feel safe and secure in their environment and need a solid sense of routine. Reducing clutter in the home and keeping everything in the same place can help reduce confusion. A healthy diet and daily walks and light exercise can be beneficial to reducing the symptoms of the disease.
Betty Schneider of the Great Bend Pilot Club presents a check for $500 to Denise Vann, Program Specialist/Walk Manager for the Barton County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Saturday5, 2019, location to be determined. Pilot Club is the first sponsor for the walk. Honor a loved with Alzheimer’s or who had the disease with a tribute donation to the Great Bend Pilot Club Alzheimer’s Walk Team.