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Alzheimers Awareness Month



alzheimersPresident Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Through the years that number has grown to more than five million. 

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory, thinking, and behavior problems. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. It is also the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. 

Alzheimer’s disease gets worse over time and eventual-ly comes to a point where a person can no longer accomplish daily tasks. In the beginning, memory prob-lems are mild, but as the disease progresses, patients become unaware of their environment and may no long-er be able to carry on a conversation. Once their symp-toms become noticeable, Alzheimer’s patients typically live an average of eight years, but can survive for as many as 20 years depending on other health factors. 

Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. There are no drugs or treatments to cure Alzheimer’s disease, but there are treatments that can slow down its progression. Researchers are constantly looking for new treatments as they search for a cure for this mind-robbing disease. 

Visit www.alz.org or seniorliving.org/memory-care/alzheimers/awareness

to learn more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

Annual Medicare Open Enrollment is Here!



This is a time when you should review your current Medicare plan and assure that it still meets your health requirements.

Why is this review important for you to do when you are happy with your current plan?

This is the time that insurance companies make changes to their level of coverage which will take effect on January 1st . They may drop drugs from their formulary, this could mean that the medications you take may no longer be covered. They may change the tier level of your medications, increase premiums or the amount you pay at the drug store when you pick up a prescription. These items will all increase your cost. Your plan may no longer be the best plan for you.

What you can do to avoid any unnecessary increased cost for your coverage in the coming year?

You can sit with a SHINE volunteer to review your coverage and assure that you have the most appropriate coverage for you and your spouse for the coming year. Shine Volunteers are at the Osceola Council of Aging the first and Third Tuesday of every month from 10AM to 12PM. Please bring a list of all your medications and dosages with you for this review. The SHINE volunteer will provide free and unbiased advice to you as to what the best plans for you are.