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Alzheimer's Awareness
September 21, 2018

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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If you had to name one disease that we fear most as we age, it would have to be Alzheimer’s.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia – with September 21st recognized as International Alzheimer’s Day.

EVERY 3 SECONDS someone in the world develops dementia.

Dementia is one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century.

Alzheimer’s affects our friends and family, our community and our country – on a massive scale. Its impact will dramatically increase in the U.S. as baby boomers age.

EVERY 65 SECONDS someone in the United States develops the disease.

According to Alzheimer’s Association statistics:

  • 5.7 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s (projected to rise to nearly 14 Million by 2050)
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Between 2000 and 2015 deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%
  • Michigan can expect a 22% increase from 2018 – 2025 in dementia cases for those 65 and older

THE FINANCIAL BURDEN

  • In 2018 Alzheimer’s and other dementias will cost our country $277 BILLION – and costs could rise as high as $1.1 TRILLION by 2050.

THE BURDEN ON FAMILIES

  • 16.1 MILLION AMERICANS currently provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The toll on both the patients and their families is devastating. I personally know of situations where people have lost all their cognitive ability and quality of life but linger, often for years, in assisted living facilities.

A few years ago, a very prominent family law attorney in the Detroit Metropolitan area was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia. He was in his mid-sixties at the time and had to close his practice. He and his wife divorced. He ended up in assisted living and died after a few years of fighting the disease. In a more recent situation, an attorney who just turned 70 has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to give up his law practice. He has long-term memory but is losing more and more of his short-term memory. He is now divorced and living in an assisted living facility. I have a relative who has been fighting Alzheimer’s for several years. She has just turned 89 and has completely lost touch with the outside world.

These are all tragic situations. Everyone I know has similar situations with friends or relatives who are being stricken by this terrible disease.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Know the Signs
If you, or a loved one, is experiencing early warning signs, act now. Learn the difference between normal age-related changes and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Watch for 10 Early Warning Signs.

Reduce the Risk
According to the CDC, Controlling high blood pressure, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Be Aware
For detailed information, read this report from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Spread the Word!
This tool kit from ADI offers materials and resources to help you promote awareness.


About the Author

Henry S. Gornbein - Host of Gracefully Greying on New Radio MediaHenry Gornbein is a partner with the full service law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, PLLC in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a specialist in all areas of family law and is a certified family law mediator.

Henry is the creator and host of the award-winning Cable Television series, “Practical Law” and creator and host of “Gracefully Greying,” a weekly video podcast on New Radio Media.

He is the author of the book, “Divorce Demystified, Everything You Need To Know Before You File For Divorce” and is currently co-writing with Jack Haynes, PhD, the book “Child Custody Demystified, The Ultimate Guide To The Custody Of Your Children.” He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on all aspects of family law as well as issues involving the impact of social media and what is legal in the digital world in divorce. He is a former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, a former president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and winner of the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association.


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Prescription for Your Health - Caring for Alzheimer's Patients
April 17, 2018

Prescription for Your Health – Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients

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One of the most difficult and vexing problems that I see in my practice are the trials and tribulations of a family taking care of a loved one with Alzheimers.
  • Statistics state that, of the millions of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, 75% of their care is provided at home.
  • According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, during the past year 67 million Americans provide care to a family member, or friend.

If you’re a caregiver, you know about having to help with the activities of daily living including bathing, shopping, cooking, feeding and making arrangements for medical care. Behavioral issues are another major problem for the caretaker, as well as for the stricken person. In addition, caretakers need to cope with their own anxieties and fears.  Fortunately, there are books and organizations that can help you in this quest. One guide I recommend is from Dr. Peter Roger and Dr. Ann Morrison of John Hopkins Medical School who have written a guide called “Caring For A Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease.” The other is “The 36 Hour Day,” which explains the tenets and underpinnings for the family caretaker.

These books explore such issues as:

  • When is it time to take away the car?
  • How do you modify the home for people with dementia (this includes avoiding obstacles and removing throw rugs)?
  • How to deal with troubling behaviors such as wandering and inappropriate outbursts, rage, and obstreperous behavior.
  • How do you handle a loved one with delusions and hallucinations?
  • What can you do when your loved one acts in an embarrassing way in public?
  • Should friends and neighbors be notified?

Finally, the ultimate decision is when is it time to place a loved one in a nursing home facility – and what options exist to cover the cost.

So, if you are a caretaker , remember you are not alone in your fears and frustrations. There are excellent resources available to help assuage your concerns.


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About the Author:

Dr. Jim Bragman
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A highly successful Doctor with a practice in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jim is also an award-winning broadcast journalist who has served as the “on-air” medical expert for various Detroit radio stations, including: WWJ Radio in Detroit (CBS owned and operated), WJBK-TV (Detroit’s FOX network affiliate) and WKBD in Detroit. He has over 20 years of experience in the medical media industry, including nine years as a national radio medical expert for CNN.

Dr. Jim Bragman has 30 years of experience in private practice, and is also a clinical teacher of medicine at the Wayne State and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medical Schools.