“Younger People with Alzheimer’s Now Have More Help”
There are older people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease and there are significantly younger people challenged with the same disease that have a different set of challenges, whether in the early or late stage of the disease. Everyone with the disease starts out with some similar issues such as memory lapses, verbal problems or the inability to follow directions. This is the “early stage” of Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses and they move into later stages of the disease, the “younger onset” people are forced to face different financial, family, social and mobility decisions as well as the specifics described as symptoms.
The Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s NJ both estimate the number of people with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s (YOA) in the US to be about 5% of the total or 200,000 plus individuals. Local communities seem to experience a greater number of younger adults with dementia and that has been the catalyst for more programs and services.
Organizers of what is called a “memory café” address the need for a stimulating social gathering that is stigma free and intended both for the person with dementia and their friends, family and care partners. The basic plan is simple with friendly hosts, refreshments and often interactive activities. Examples of activities might be sharing travel experiences; assembling a community service project; visiting with rescue puppies; a drum circle or sing-a-long.
On Saturday October 19th at 2:00 pm there will be a memory café for people with younger onset dementia at the Community Church in Mt. Lakes (48 Briarcliff Rd.). It is sponsored by the Community Church of Mt. Lakes and Seniors Helping Seniors. Free to all who attend.
For questions, you can call the church office at 973-334-6500 or email Sue Lyon at email@example.com.