Alzheimer’s Awareness

top-10-signs-of-alzheimersSojourn has been a memory care leader in the west metro since 1984. Through the years we have continued to see advancements in Alzheimer’s care. Today, research and medications are making a difference for so many people that suffer from the disease. Did you know every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s? Since September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we would like to take the time to share what we know – knowledge is power!

Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer’s has also become prevalent today. 5.4 million American’s are affected by Alzheimer’s, of those approximately 200,000 are under age 65.  Sojourn is continually assessing our program to meet needs and match interests of our growing group of younger clients.  Rock groups, Book Club, Anytime Fitness, Photography, Bowling, and other recreational and creative programs are increasing in popularity.  Sojourn was the first to present a one of a kind Radio Drama “Pirates of Harrison Bay” last fall at the Old Log Theater which highlighted the creative talents of our Sojourners, all of whom have memory loss in common.

Learn more about the latest regarding Early Onset Alzheimer’s here: http://bit.ly/1a2WI7r .

It is important to know the 10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

This month, the FDA has fast-tracked for approval a drug named Aducanumab. This drug is designed to help clear the brain of beta amyloid plaques, which many scientists say play a role in causing Alzheimer’s. Click link: http://on.wsj.com/2bYT4Te  to learn more.

The Alzheimer’s Association is now offering TrialMatch. A free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies: Read more:  http://bit.ly/2cZX4C0 .

You are not alone.  Support is so important! Sojourn offers a bi-monthly Caring Recourses Support Group. For more information, contact Julia Spranger, LSW or Mary Alice Redwing, LPN at 1-800-SOJOURN

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Sojourn continues to strive to offer the best memory care in Minnesota. Our well educated staff receives updated, yearly training in dementia care to remain in the forefront of this ever changing field. We have all come a long way in the past 30 + years in finding treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. There is more than hope – we will see a cure!