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Iconic Atlanta High Rise Buildings Turn Lights Purple for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
By Turning Purple Through June, Centennial Tower and the Concourse Office Park Will Help Raise Awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia
Atlanta - June 1, 2016 – June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, and for the entire month iconic Atlanta buildings, Centennial Tower and the King and Queen buildings at the Concourse Office Park, will turn their exterior lights purple to raise awareness of the deadly disease. Centennial Tower is located in downtown Atlanta and the Concourse Office Park is located at the north I-285 perimeter near GA-400.
Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, robs people of their ability to remember and live independently. Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month was created to educate people about the disease, including knowing the 10 signs and how to maintain brain health in order to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
“Lack of public understanding can delay diagnosis of the disease and reduce people’s access to needed resources, which the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is here to provide,” says Leslie Gregory, CEO and President - Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “This month we are focused on increasing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, the truths and myths behind it and the devastating emotional and financial impact this disease has on families and caregivers.”
During Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging everyone to uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s and to show their support for people living with the disease by participating in The Longest Day® on June 20. The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset event to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association by participating in an activity of their choice for 16 hours. People may also show support by wearing purple throughout the month, especially on June 20. Share photos wearing the movement’s signature color on social media with the hashtag #ENDALZ.
Alzheimer's Association Report Shows Care Contributors Sacrifice Own Food and Medical Care to Support Person with Alzheimer's Disease
Georgia will see a 46 percent increase in Alzheimer's disease prevalence in the next 10 years
Atlanta - March 30, 2016 - The personal financial support required by a person with Alzheimer’s disease may ultimately deprive care contributors of basic necessities, such as food, transportation and medical care, according to the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released today. Alzheimer’s Association’s Facts and Figures shows that these care contributors were 28 percent more likely to eat less or go hungry while contributing care to someone with Alzheimer’s, and one-fifth of them sacrificed their own medical care by cutting back on doctor visits. Overall, nearly 50 percent of care contributors cut back on their own expenses to afford dementia-related care for their family member or friend.
“Alzheimer’s disease not only affects caregivers emotionally, but also has a major impact on their own personal finances,” said Leslie Gregory - President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter.
Full text of the Alzheimer's Association 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report can be viewed at alzheimersanddementia.com.
February 2016Alzheimer's Advocates Raise Voices For Local Legislative Change
Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter's Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol is February 18, 2016
Atlanta - February 16, 2016 - More than 130,000 Georgia residents are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias with the total predicted to increase to 190,000 by 2025. This is why, on February 18, 2016, The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter will have more than 300 advocates from across the state meet with leaders at the Georgia State Capitol to encourage three key policy changes for 2016:
- Update Georgia's Power of Attorney Act to provide a simple way for people to deal with property issues by providing a power of attorney, in case of future incapacity, while at the same time including safeguards to protect the incapacitated individual from financial abuse.
- Update Georgia's Adult Guardianship Statutes to make it consistent with the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act (UAGPPA), which establishes a uniform set of rules and framework for state court judges to communicate in multi-jurisdictional cases. This saves time and money for the guardian by removing jurisdictional barriers. Georgia is one of nine states whose statutes are not consistent with the UAGPPA.
- Require mandatory reporting of suspected neglect or abuse of any person by anyone 18 years or older to an adult protection agency or any law enforcement agency. This would help protect adults who cannot physically or mentally protect themselves against abusers responsible for their care.
"Awareness Day encourages much needed change and informs elected officials of issues affecting those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. It is by hearing from those both dealing with this terrible disease and their caregivers that we can make ending Alzheimer's a state-wide and national priority through our legislators," said Leslie Gregory, President/CEO - Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. "We believe the requested policy changes will improve the quality of life for those with the disease, and their caregivers and families."
Along with policy reform, advocates will meet with policymakers to request more than $125,000 for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to fund a forensic auditor and forensic analyst to specifically work on cases of elder abuse. In addition, the local Alzheimer's chapter, as a part of the Coalition of Aging Advocates, is requesting $10 million in support for home and community based aging services, which, on average, help seniors remain in their homes for 50 months before going to a nursing home.
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Raises More Than $2 Million That Stays in Georgia
Atlanta - January 11, 2016 - Residents from all over the state of Georgia joined the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. With 16 walks spanning from September through November, more than 10,500 participants raised more than $2 million to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs with 95% of walks reaching or exceeding their fundraising goals.
Walk to End Alzheimer's participants did more than complete the walk in their city. They learned about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, support programs and services. The walks also included the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony, an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter Launches Faces of Alzheimer's Campaign
The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter has launched its Faces of Alzheimer's Campaign. The campaign features five real families across the state dealing with this devastating disease and the impact on family, friends and caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is the only disease that currently has no cure with no way to stop or slow its progression, and while there are risk factors for Alzheimer's occurrence, the disease can affect anyone.
"This campaign, which will run through December 31, tells the stories of these five featured families with the hopes those who see them will help fund research to end this disease," said Leslie Gregory - president and chief executive officer, Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. "What they share in common is the support and guidance they receive from the Alzheimer's Association throughout their journey as either the caregiver or the patient of Alzheimer's," he added.
Alzheimer's Georgia is featuring these families on its website, online ads and direct mail campaign.
Kenya and Rebecca Cabine - Savannah/Atlanta
Former Atlanta Educator, Rebecca Cabine, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 58, and her primary caregiver became her son Kenya, who is a radio DJ in Savannah. After his mother's diagnosis, Kenya turned to the Alzheimer's Association for caregiver information and resources for guidance and support. The Alzheimer's Association helped set a course of care for his mother as well as connected Kenya with a trained Alzheimer's care consultant.
Lloyd and Mary McCreary - Atlanta
Mary McCreary began showing signs of early onset Alzheimer's in 2007 and was officially diagnosed in 2010. Mary's husband, Lloyd, 65, has been caring for her since her diagnosis. Lloyd is an active participant in several of the Alzheimer's Association's caregiver programs, including the Younger Onset Support Group and the Safe Return Program.
Bob and Claudia Thoresen - Augusta
About 10 years ago, Bob Thoresen's wife, Claudia, began displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's. From the start of her symptoms, Bob used the services of the Alzheimer's Association, including caregiver support groups and resource referrals in order to improve his knowledge, skill and confidence as his wife's caregiver.
Linda and Wendell Burton - Central Georgia
Linda Burton turned to Alzheimer's Association for educational resources and support groups since her husband's diagnosis. The Burtons have struggled with the presence of Alzheimer's disease for the past 10 years, but Linda's husband, Wendell, was not officially diagnosed for several years after symptoms first appeared.
Phil and Kim Wilson - North Georgia
Phil Wilson, 62, has been providing care for his wife Kim since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nine months ago. The couple uses Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter's caregiver and patient support services to gain insight into what to expect and how to deal with the disease's progression.
To help continue to provide care, support, advocacy and research for patients and caregivers across Georgia, please make a donation now through December 31 at alz.org. All donations are tax-deductable.
Alzheimer's Association report finds state Medicaid costs for people living with Alzheimer's disease will increase significantly in all states including in Georgia over the next 10 years.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s new report, Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Medicaid Costs: A Growing Burden for States, released today, found that between 2015 and 2025, Medicaid costs for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will increase in every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. In fact, by 2025, 35 states will see increases in Alzheimer’s Medicaid costs of at least 40 percent from 2015, including 22 states that will see increases of at least 50 percent.
In Georgia, Medicaid spending on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase 61 percent by 2025. This year, spending will total $989 million, increasing to almost $1.6 billion in 2025. Approximately 10 percent of the 2015 Medicaid budget in Georgia is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
To read the full report findings, visit alz.org/trajectory.