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September 2013 - Volume 10 - Issue 3
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Alzheimer’s Association a Great Resource Year-round, Especially in September, World Alzheimer’s Month

This year, more than 4,800 leading researchers from around the world gathered in Boston for The Alzheimer's Association International Conference® to learn about, share and discuss groundbreaking new research and findings that will drive the world more quickly toward methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
 
The content presented at the July conference was created by researchers for their peers, serving to advance the areas of dementia science that are critical to the success of the field and the discovery of scientific breakthroughs. Alzheimer’s is growing at an alarming rate in the United States and around the world. Currently, there are more than 450,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida. As the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only cause among the top ten diseases without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.
 
We need funding now so that we can continue the battle against this alarming disease and succeed in finding a cure. We encourage you to visit www.alz.org/AAIC and read the 2013 Highlights section on the latest research and summaries, expert analysis, view photos and videos. This website is an exceptional resource if you are looking for the most recent research and up-to-date data on the disease.
Once again, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, will be held throughout various locations in South Florida. The dates and locations include:
- Miami-Dade Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Saturday, October 12 at Marlins Park (Miami)
- Treasure Coast Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Saturday, October 19 at Port St. Lucie Civic Center (Port St. Lucie)
- Broward Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, Saturday, October 26 at Hollywood North Beach (Hollywood)
- Palm Beach Walk to end Alzheimer’s®, Saturday, November 2 at Meyer Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach)
 
For additional information or to sign up, visit www.alz.org/walk or call (800) 272- 3900. Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is more than a just a walk. Participants also will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer’s research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Each walker will join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Funds raised will provide care and support services to the residents of Southeast Florida living with Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing critically-needed research.
 
Alzheimer's Association Now Offers Web-based Programs for People Living with Alzheimer's and Their Caregivers
 
In an effort to provide resources and facilitate the caregiving process, the Alzheimer’s Association offers two web-based programs to those affected by Alzheimer’s. ALZConnected, a social networking community designed for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and Alzheimer’s Navigator™, an online assessment program, are free and available to the public.
 
ALZConnected establishes a 24/7 online community for people impacted by Alzheimer’s. After joining ALZConnected at no cost, members can connect and communicate with people who understand their unique challenges. They also can pose questions and offer solutions to dementia-related issues, create public and private groups organized around a dedicated topic and contribute to message boards.
 
ALZConnected, available at www.alzconnected.org allows users to:
• Post a personal update and read what their “connections” have to share.
• Get answers to questions or support others by offering solutions to their challenges.
• Connect with others in similar situations. Consider suggested “connections” or invite their own.
• Send private messages to “connections” within a secure system.
• Join public or private groups focused on a topic or shared experience.
 
The Alzheimer’s Navigator™ is an online assessment program that helps caregivers and people with dementia evaluate their needs, identify action steps and connect with local programs and services. Alzheimer’s Navigator also allows users to reassess needs and adjust care plans as the disease progresses.
Ellen Brown is Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter. For more information, visit www.alz.org/seflorida.
 
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association online tools, www.alz.org/seflorida and learn more under the “We Can Help” tab. In addition, for those who don’t have online access, the association offers a 24-hour HELPLINE (800) 272-3900.
 
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