Story last updated at 11/21/2012 - 3:31 pm
Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed November as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month for Alaska.
It is estimated that more than 6,000 Alaskans today are living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. In 2010 an estimated 30,000 family caregivers provided over $420 million worth of unpaid care in Alaska. It is important to acknowledge the effects of this disease as Alzheimer's affects not only individuals diagnosed, but also, their families, friends, and communities.
Though there is no cure for Alzheimer's, quality care and programs are available and promising developments in research are being made. As November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska encourage all citizens to become educated about the disease, reach out to those living with the repercussions of the disease, encourage and support the family members caring for loved ones with the disease, as well as remember those who have been lost to Alzheimer's.
For more information on classes or events please visit www.AlzAlaska.org or call 561-3313.
For the entire month of November classes, memory screenings, open houses and events will be held throughout the state by the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska.
Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska is the state's leading source of information, services and support for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. The non-profit organization serves the entire state and is dedicated to ensuring quality of life until a cure is found.