California prepares for 1.2 million Alzheimer’s patients


March 17, 2011

Alzheimer's disease is expected to become an increasingly important issue across the country as the baby boomer generation ages. Recent projections estimate that the number of dementia patients in California will rise from 588,000 to 1.2 million by 2020, according to The Monterey Herald.

Dorelee Heisler is grappling with the challenge of Alzheimer's herself.

"I sometimes come unglued and get frustrated," she told the news provider. "But I choose to get in a lifeboat and keep paddling."

To keep herself organized, she has put labels on all of the kitchen cabinets and bathroom drawers. She also makes sure that everything in the house stays in the same place so there's no risk of losing track of it. Additionally, she stays as active as possible by playing flute at church, volunteering at a senior center and serving on the Alzheimer's disease advisory council.

She also has to take a number of medications each day. This can be one of the most challenging tasks for any senior who is suffering from memory loss. One way to manage one's pills is to use a medical alarm. This device can be used to keep track of each dose with a medical alert and will notify caregivers or doctors if they aren't taken on time.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 5.4 million Americans suffering from the condition.  

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