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More than 60,000 San Diegans and their families are living with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the third leading cause of death in San Diego County, and the number of people living with the disease is expected to double in the next fifteen years.
KNOW ALZHEIMER'S 8 believes in the value of knowing. Our mission is to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease; inform our community about programs and resources provided to San Diego families by the Alzheimer’s Association and Torrey Pines Bank; to help them cope with the emotional, physical and financial toll of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer's disease is a skyrocketing epidemic. Although there is currently no treatment or cure, empowering yourself with knowledge about getting an Alzheimer's diagnosis and the care and resources that are available, will give you the support and tools you need to navigate the devastating impact Alzheimer's can take on your life and the lives of your loved ones.
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Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia. Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function.
It may be hard to know the difference between age related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer's disease. Some people may recognize changes in themselves before anyone else notices. Other times, friends and family will be the first to observe in memory, behavior and abilities.
To help identify problems early we have created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer's and related dementias. It is important to remember individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees.
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If you or someone you care about it is experiencing any of the warning signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to educate yourself and plan for the future. There is no single test that proves a person has Alzheimer's. The workup is designed to evaluate overall health and identify any conditions that could affect how well the mind is working.
Experts estimate that a skilled physician can diagnose Alzheimer's with more than 90 percent accuracy. Physicians can almost always determine that a person has dementia, but it may sometimes be difficult to determine the exact cause.
Steps to diagnosis include:
- Understanding the problem
- Reviewing medical history
- Evaluating mood and mental status
- Physical exam and diagnostic tests
- Neurological exam
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Contact us if you need help finding a doctor with experience evaluating memory problems. Call the 24/7 FREE Helpline: 800.272.3900
- 24/7 Free, confidential Helpline; Call NOW: 1.800.272.3900 »
- Online resources and information at http://www.cbs8.com/category/267543/www.alz.org/sandiego
- FREE community education classes »
- Family meetings to discuss a care plan with Alzheimer's experts
- Over 30 support groups throughout San Diego »
- Create an action care plan online with Alzheimer's Navigator»
Putting financial plans in place is important for everyone, but taking control of financial affairs is especially vital for someone with memory loss. Upon diagnosis, family and friends should help individuals make financial plans. The sooner the planning begins, the more the person with dementia may be able to participate in decision making.
Approximately 5.1 million American elders over 65 have some kind of dementia. Research indicates that people with dementia are at greater risk of elder financial abuse than those without. For business owners this puts them and their families at risk as well as their business entity and employees who rely on them. Financial exploitation is a fast-growing form of abuse of seniors and adults with disabilities. Situations of financial exploitation commonly involve trusted persons in the life of the vulnerable adult, such as:
- Family members
- Friends and acquaintances
- Doctors or nurses
After diagnosis, it is important to find professional assistance to help determine your financial needs, goals and develop a financial plan that works for your family and you. The Alzheimer's Association and Torrey Pines Bank are here to help you find the resources you need to develop a financial care plan including a list of referrals to respected trust and estate attorneys and professional fiduciaries should you need quality advice from licensed professionals.
Alzheimer's is also the most expensive disease in the U.S. today. In 2013, the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer's in the U.S. will total an estimated $203 billion. Unless something is done, Alzheimer's will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today's dollars) in 2050.
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The Alzheimer's Association is a privately funded non-profit organization that relies solely on the support and generosity of our donors and community partners. Give today and support the Alzheimer's Association mission to provide enhanced care and support to our community, as well as advance critical research to find treatment and a cure.
Join us for the Walk to End Alzheimer's®!
Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Join over 4,000 San Diegans as we walk towards the promise of a cure for tomorrow. Register today for one or both of our two San Diego Walks and support the more than 60,000 San Diegans living with Alzheimer's today:
- Saturday, October 5, 2013 @ 4:00pm | Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA »
- Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 8:00am | Balboa Park, San Diego, CA »
Volunteers make a difference! The Alzheimer's Association San Diego/Imperial Chapter counts on the support of more than 500 volunteers each year. Chapter volunteers receive orientation, training, and ongoing information sessions. To sign on as an Alzheimer's Association volunteer, start by filling out our online volunteer application.