By, Lauren Kolacki
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that results in memory loss and other cognitive abilities that interfere with everyday life. In early stages, it is noticed that an individual will have trouble remembering newly acquired information. As the disease worsens, more difficulties present themselves as the individual becomes more confused and experiences additional memory loss. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s may not recognize it due to the cognitive changes they are experiencing, however, the symptoms will be present to family members and friends. As early diagnosis and intervention methods improve dramatically, so do treatment options and support resources. That is why spreading awareness regarding this mind-altering disease is so important, to be able to improve the suffering individual’s quality of life as much as possible.
Alzheimer’s New Jersey is an organization dedicated to performing this exact operation. Additional funding is needed for Alzheimer’s research and resources so Alzheimer’s New Jersey is determined to get it. Their goal is to advocate for those who are affected by this heart breaking disease. Their mission is to respond to the needs of people in New Jersey who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, by providing programs and community partnerships that increase awareness and access to services. There are several programs run through the foundation that can be very beneficial to an individual with Alzheimer’s or the people in their life.
In addition to helping to advance research, Alzheimer’s New Jersey offers community-based support, assistance and education through their Helpline, Respite Care and Wellness Program, Family Support Groups and Education Programs for family caregivers and healthcare professionals. There are several opportunities to contribute to the fight against Alzheimer’s. Visit https://www.alznj.org for more information about volunteering, advocating, donating and/or walking.