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In 1983, November was designated as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. It also has been designated as National Caregivers Month. Today we bring to you a discussion on a disease that increasingly affects more Americans as the overall population ages, and how families and others work to help the person affected. Ken Krall, News Director at WXPR was the moderator. There was a panel of experts who work each day with patients and families and people who have directly been affected who gathered at the WXPR studios. The panelists introduced themselves...

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November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.

Recently, a panel convened at the WXPR studios to talk about the disease that has more than 5 million Americans living with it, and being cared for by family and others. By 2050, the number of Alzheimer's patients could rise to 16 million. This year, the cost of Alzheimers is around $259 billion dollars and by 2050, could rise to $1 trillion.

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November is National Caregivers Awareness Month Health and state officials have released an online guide for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and other demenitas.

The guide is called "Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers."

Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. Department of Health Services spokesperson Kristen Felten says the guide helps family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves....

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The Alzheimer's Association-Greater Wisconsin Chapter is looking for volunteers to help bring the latest details of the disease to the public.

Spokesperson Kathy Davies says a community educator is a volunteer trained by the Alzheimer's Association to present topics related to dementias, including prevention, detection and caregiver resources.

She says each community has people who could be tapped....

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A non-profit group that gives caregivers of Alzheimer's patients a break needs volunteers so they can continue helping the community.

The Pastime Club Adult Day Center operates Mondays and Thursdays at Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua.

Program Director Marilyn Towers says they operate on what's called a 'social model' where caregivers can bring their loved ones so they can get some rest....

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is hosting public meetings soon to talk about the brain, brain health, Alzheimers and other dementias.

Rhinelander-based outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the month is set aside to look at the impact Alzheimer's has on families and the challenges those families face supporting their loves ones. She says the meetings give family members help and also raise awareness to help keep your brain healthy.

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The Alzheimer's Association along with Wisconsin Public Television are bringing a local screening of an acclaimed documentary to Rhinelander later this month.

Titled "Alzheimer's Every Minute Counts" it's  a one-hour documentary which highlights the national threat posed by the disease.

Local Alzheimer's Association community outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre says the documentary shows how an aging population will strain our health care resources...

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More than five million persons today are living with Alzheimer's Disease, 1 in 3 seniors dies of Alzheimer's Disease or another dementia, and last year, the disease cost the nation $236 billion dollars. Those figures are a back drop for a series of educational programs sponsored by the Alzheimer Association in the Northwoods.

Spokesperson Kathy Davies says all of the programs are free. There is one set for January 17 in Rhinelander...

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November is National Family Caregivers Month. It's a month set aside to pay notice to the many people who provide service free of charge to take care of loved ones with some type of physical or mental challenge.

The National Alliance For Caregiving reports the typical higher-hour caregiver provides 21 hours of unpaid care a week. That person has been caregiving for an average of 5-1/2 years and expects to continue care for another 5 years. Nearly half of these higher-hour caregivers report high emotional stress.

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There will be lots of purple  this Saturday in Rhinelander.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre in Rhinelander says the main base will be the Rouman Cinema on Lincoln Street. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

She says the walk has grown over the last decade as the public is becoming more aware of how this devastating disease will affect people you know...

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People with early stages of memory loss and their partners are invited to attend the opening next month of the Northwood’s Memory Café at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rhinelander.

Sue Kirby, Community Link coordinator at Ministry Sacred Heart Saint Mary’s Hospital says the Cafe is designed to help people with memory loss to socialize...

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In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

At that time, fewer than 2 million people in the United States were affected. That number has grown to more than 5 million. Sunday, WXPR presented a panel discussion on the disease and how it will likely be a larger concern among a growing population of seniors.  Dr.Chris Koeppl of the Ministry Health Care Memory Diagnostic Clinic says as an example, many people forget someone's name...

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The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia made its only stop in northern Wisconsin Wednesday, with speakers telling the committee the victims and families need more help.

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A key legislative committee looking at Alzheimer's will be in Rhinelander Wednesday afternoon to hear from the public.

The Speaker's Task Force is traveling the state to hear about concerns. State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says getting the task force in the north gives people here a chance to be heard...

Rhinelander to Host Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's

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  The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Wisconsin Chapter is hosting its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this weekend in Rhinelander. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, and Director Kathy Davies says while raising awareness is important, raising funds for the future of those affected is just as crucial.

 “…it is to bring rising awareness to the rising number of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but also to raise important funds to continue research efforts and also the cure and supports services available.”

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