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On Sept. 15, Homewatch CareGivers joined with hundreds of others while we participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Symphony Park at South Park Mall. We were proud to stand with the Alzheimer’s Association for the 2012 Walk as they dedicate themselves to finding a cure for the people we help every day.
We want to thank all of the people who joined our team this year and all the people who provided the financial support to help us meet our fundraising goal. Your consideration and time means so much to us and it’s something we plan to share with all of the families we work with that live with Alzheimer’s disease.
During our walk we took time to honor the many clients who we have served over the past 13 years who had Alzheimer’s. Each of them represents one of many families who deserve all the tributes we can make. The Walk was a very moving experience for all of us and it was gratifying and inspiring to be joined by so many in such an important cause.
From Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte: With the Charlotte Alzheimer’s Memory Walk coming up (September 15), this is a good time to share research on how something as simple as taking a walk can not only raise money for Alzheimer’s research, but also protect against Alzheimer’s.
New research indicates that exercise gives some protection against memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease and one of them is as simple as a short walk.
Three studies were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual conference in Vancouver in July. According to one study, older adults that were normally sedentary who walked at a moderate pace three times a week for a year boosted the size of the brain region involved with memory. A second study found that twice-weekly resistance (weight) training helped women with mild signs of mental decline improve their scores on thinking and memory tests. The third showed that strength and balance exercises also improved memory.
“Getting up off your couch and exercising, I think is critical,” Dr. Dean Hartley, Director of Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association, said. “We believe there’s a heart-brain connection and we believe the more healthy you are the better you’re going to be.”
He says while this data is preliminary, it’s encouraging that both More >
Each year since 1994, groups supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease around the world unite on September 21 for World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the cause is taking up an entire month. The Alzheimer’s Association, and other global groups like it, are making September 2012 World Alzheimer’s Month.
An awareness-raising campaign will take place over 30 days, with Sept. 21 playing a key role. The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2012 is “Dementia: Living together.”
As part of the month, Alzheimer’s associations across the world are focusing their activities on reducing the stigma associated with dementia. They want to make communities more dementia-friendly through a series of programs and events. This includes the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in many cities across the U.S.
World Alzheimer’s Report 2012 will also launch in September.
While this is a positive step for the Alzheimer’s community, other recent news is not as happy. Two major pharmaceutical companies recently announced they were ending development on a drug to help treat Alzheimer’s disease because the drug failed a major trial.
However, one doctor says all hope is not lost. Click here to read more of what he has to say on Homewatch CareGivers’ Family Caregiver blog.
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