Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,IÃ¢â‚¬â€Pulaski) said today, in light of National AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Awareness month, he wished to draw attention to our local resources, saying the Central New York Chapter of the AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association and its affiliates provide invaluable resources for those who suffer or care for a loved one who suffers from AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.
AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is a fatal brain disease that affects about 5.3 million Americans, according to the AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association website. The incurable disease destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior. According to the AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association, it is the seventh leading cause of death.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Accepting that you or a loved one has AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s is not easy,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barclay. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Without the proper resources, treatment and education, the disease can further isolate sufferers and family members as they become frustrated trying to handle everything on their own,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Barclay.
Assemblyman Barclay urged those who are affected by AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s or have a family history of the disease to visit The Central New York Chapter of the AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Association web site. The chapter has created a centralized site for its outreach and affiliated support groups, which can be found at www.alz.org/centralnewyork.
The site identifies the 10 signs of AlzheimerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, which can help in an early diagnosis of the disease and, if treated with medication, can slow the progression and assist in a better quality of life for patients. Some signs include behavior changes, reluctance to socialize in usual manner and trouble keeping a budget. The site also distinguishes these behaviors from dementia.
The local chapter provides an overview workshop on the disease, as well as family caregiver training, late-stage training, maintaining your brain, aging well and managing challenging behaviors. It also links visitors with details on MedicAlert, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. A 24-hour hotline provides callers with information and referral services, 1 (800) 272-3900), as well.
Many organizations operate local support groups as well. Support groups within the 124th Assembly District are held at the following locations. Several more are listed on the website at http://www.alz.org/centralnewyork/alzheimers_disease_support.asp. :
* Baldwinsville Emotional Support Team, BÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ville Methodist Church, 17 West Genesee St., 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Cindy Cherry, (315) 698-2126.
* The Atheaeum, 150 East Genesee St., Skaneateles, 1st Wednesday, 3 p.m. Mary Kimberly, (315) 685-5170.
* St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center, 813 Fay Road, 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Ellen Somers, (315) 488-2951 x406.
* The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr., 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m., Dianne Morrisette, (315) 349-5341.