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Alzheimer's Disease[Part_2]

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It's estimated that between four and five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. In this segment of KSMU's Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky talks with a local physician about this disease, its symptoms and ways to try to prevent it. And learn about help available for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias and their families through the Alzheimer's Association, Southwest Missouri Chapter.

There's help for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and their families in SW MO thru the Alzheimer's Association, SW MO Chapter.

The association has a 3 part mission, according to the local chapter's program director Rebecca Argilagos--to help fund research—in fact, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research in the country; to provide care, support and education to those diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their families and eventually to focus on brain health and prevention of Alzheimer's.

The local chapter serves 29 counties, and Argilagos says they focus on support, education and advocacy

The local Alzheimer's Association chapter offers a lending library, the Safe Return program to help those who might wander off return safely to their families, support groups, family education and professional education. They take close to 2000 calls each year from people who need answers to questions. They provide support not only to Alzheimer's patients and those diagnosed with other dementias, but also to their caregivers

The local Alzheimer's Association chapter offers a respite program—caregivers can apply for grants that they can use to help them take some much-needed time for themselves

While the local Alzheimer's Association chapter provides support for family members, they also provide help and support for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias

The Alzheimer's Association, SW MO chapter, operated a support group for early-state Alzheimer's patients for awhile. It now offers empowerment groups where those with dementing illnesses choose what the activities they want to take part in

And they offer mall walking for those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Rob Hulstra, community outreach coordinator for the local Alzheimer's Association chapter, goes with them

Hulstra says they and others still have so much to share, regardless of their illness

For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, SW MO chapter, go to alz-swmo.org.

This program is available on the web at ksmu.org. For KSMU and the SOC series, I'm Michele Skalicky.