Medical alert system can help families prepare for Alzheimer’s

Jasmine Phu

December 8, 2010

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that affects millions of Americans across the country this number may grow to 10 million as the baby boomer generation ages.

To help prepare for those who are at-risk for this disease, the Alzheimer's Association is collaborating with Pfizer to launch a campaign called It's Time to Face Alzheimer's.

"Alzheimer's represents a national crisis," Harry Johns, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, said in a statement. "As the first wave of baby boomers begins to turn 65 next year, the Alzheimer public health epidemic is no longer emerging, it is here. The nation is facing a crisis with an estimated one in eight boomers at risk for Alzheimer's. The time to act is now."

One of the features of the initiative will be a float in the Rose Parade, which will come in the form of a 55-foot long train that will ring its bell every 70 seconds to represent how often someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's care can cause family caregivers stress that affects their everyday lives. By installing a medical alert system in a residence, one may gain some peace of mind, as this device allows older adults to instantly send a medical alert if they are in need of assistance.

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