Every year on September 21st, we celebrate World Alzheimer's Day. Alzheimer's is a debilitating disease that strikes people in middle age or old age. It causes continuing mental deterioration that leads to premature senility. While anyone who has loved and cared for a friend or family member with Alzheimer's knows that it is nothing to celebrate, this annual event is used to increase awareness of the disease and serves as an opportunity to raise money to continue research into a cure for this terrible, fatal affliction.
Alzheimer's is often hereditary,so the very people who have cared for a family member with the disease are typically at a greater risk of being diagnosed with it themselves. These family members can be the greatest advocates in spreading the word about Alzheimer's and the advancement of research into treatments.
World Alzheimer's Day is also a wonderful time to remember to thank the Mental Health Workers or Elder Care Providers who have helped you care for the people you love. Many of them have made the care of Alzheimer's patients their life's work, and it is a difficult and noble undertaking that requires compassion and strength.
According to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation's website promoting World Alzheimer's Day,
"Alzheimer's disease is often called a family disease, because the chronic stress of watching a loved one slowly decline affects everyone. 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. With the increases in life spans and baby boomers coming of age, support for Alzheimer’s research is more critical to our families than ever."
If you have the compassion and strength it takes to work in the health care industry please contact us, families impacted by mental illness need your help. We assist a wide variety of organizations as they find people to fill necessary job openings. We love helping people find their perfect fit in a job that makes a vital difference.
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