Reviving the Mind will reach all cultures and people around the world to touch the lives of people who think they are by themselves in the crisis of Alzheimer's. We want to be able to take music and laughter globally to help heal the hearts and souls of those affected by this debilitating disease called Alzheimer's, while sharing as much information about the disease. So many people are affected by this disease and there is so little information being circulated particularly within the African American community.
Our Seniors need us and we need to take the time out of our busy lives to check on our aging relatives, neighbors and friends and when we do this we need to know the signs. That’s what Reviving the Mind is all about.
Alzheimer's disease (AD), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United Sates and one of the most expensive diseases in America. It is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease currently strikes more than five million Americans and it is projected that this number will triple to 16 million by mid-century. The disease is a progressive, degenerate disorder that affects brain cells, resulting in a loss of memory, thinking and language skills and behavioral changes. It is estimated that one to four family members act as caregivers for each individual with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer's is diagnosed through a complete medical assessment. If you or a loved one have concerns about memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer's or dementia, it is important to be evaluated by a physician.
Since health care providers generally don't look for Alzheimer's disease in younger people, getting an accurate diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's can be a long and frustrating process. Symptoms may be incorrectly attributed to stress or there may be conflicting diagnoses from different health care professionals. People who have early onset Alzheimer's may be in any stage of dementia – early stage, middle stage or late stage. The disease affects each person differently and symptoms will vary.