The end of Alzheimer's disease starts here.
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MMC is one of the biggest providers of medical care to the Medicare population in Rutherford County-Alzheimer’s is a disease primarily of the elderly, so we shoulder the burden of that care as we diagnose, treat and co-ordinate the care and resources for those who come to us specifically looking for help with a disease that is chronic, incurable, and costly.
My brother Mark Perry and I have created a team , The MMC Memory Joggers , and would like to show our aging community that we hear them and want to support them as they struggle with this as patients ,family, caretakers. Here is a recent article that he wrote to talk about this disease:
There is a disease that is rapidly spreading across America. It is epidemic; it is pandemic. Its aggressive nature mimics the worst of all diseases even though it is not contagious. There are no famous spokespersons who are survivors to speak out and raise national awareness. There are no famous survivors because there are no survivors; there is not a cure. It has a 100% mortality rate and those who have the disease rarely ever know that they have it. It is a progressive predator that seems to randomly strike its victims with slow taunting symptoms and a devastating aftermath of hurt, frustration and sadness. In the United States, over 1200 people a day are given the fatal diagnosis that they have fallen prey to this beast; that is one person every 68 seconds. In America, 1 out of 8 people over the age of 65 and 1out of 2 over the age of 85 have the disease. Once diagnosed, the families and loved ones around the victim, pull together, fall apart and often crumble under the overwhelming pressure of care taking demands.
It is a progressive illness that can bring a family to a halt, require 24 hour care and isolate the victim from everyone they know. Once a person is diagnosed with the disease they quickly lose their rights to make daily life decisions about where they live, who has control over their bank accounts what they can eat or drink and their ability to do anything on their own. It is normally not a quick death but one that is slow and last for years after draining the person's finances and taking a heavy emotional toll on the family and friends around them.
Early on in the person with this disease will not be able to say what type of care they want, will not be able to care for themselves in any way and if living in a health care facility will not be able to report abuse and neglect, nor will they even remember if it happens, who did it or how bad it was. The disease is only ranked as the 6th leading cause of death. In many cases, since this illness slowly dismantles the body's abilities, people often officially die of another cause. The severity of this situation is not taken seriously enough.
After a natural disaster, you can often hear survivors talking about losing everything. They usually talk about the fact that everyone being alive and well is the important thing and that "stuff is just stuff". The one thing that seems to be a common thread in a tragedy such as a fire, flood or tornado is that those who have lost all of their belongings are devastated by the loss of their pictures. It's those imprinted memories of their life's personal events of birthdays, weddings, vacations and younger years of those they love that help serve as reminders of all the colors that paint the unique picture of their lives. It is heart wrenching to think of having no pictures to look through, no frozen memories or moments in time in which to reminisce, smile and even shed a tear.
Imagine someone stealing all your pictures from your childhood, all your pictures of your parents, friends and every event of your life. Imagine someone taking away everything that is familiar to you and then telling you from that day forward you would not be able to create new memories and that everyone you knew would disappear from your life. Imagine someone telling you that you had a fatal disease with no cure and that your health would be a slow decline that could stretch out for years. This natural disaster, this home invasion, this epidemic death sentence has attacked my mom. The people she has known and loved her entire life are now strangers. All the images of places, events and people that she loved have been stolen, erased. This natural disaster, this predator of the mind, is the disease of Alzheimer's. The severity of this situation is often not taken seriously enough. Let me repeat the reality of the disease known as Alzheimer's.
· 1 out of 8 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's
· 1 out of 2 people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's
· 1,200 Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's each day
· Every 68 seconds, an American is diagnosed with Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's will change the future of America. It will affect our ability to lead, to create and manage money, to be charitable at home and to the rest of the world. Many of our great leaders will be taken from us early in their lives and many will never reach their full potential. Nationally, individually, we must focus. We must bring this silent destroyer out into the light and attack it. Talk about it, study it, and help to raise awareness. This is our future we are talking about. It is our grandparents, our parents that we are worried about now; in a short period of time it will be our brothers, sisters, loved ones and even ourselves who are in jeopardy.
As one person, we cannot fight this monster. Together, as individuals working for one common cause, we are strong, we are a formidable foe and we can beat this beast. It starts with a step and a commitment to work together to raise awareness and funds, and to continue to search for a cure. Each year I take part in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Telling my friends and acquaintances about the disease is what I can do to help. Please help in the fight and show your support. I would love for you go join my team and help me fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's. We are called MMC Memory Joggers and walk to honor my mom, Ann Perry.
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