Memories Matter

April 4, 2022

In October 2021, communities across MRC participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease which is a  national event hosted annually by the Alzheimer’s Association. While this is an annual event to help the Alzheimer’s Association fund research and develop resources for those effected by memory loss, the advocacy and education required to make a lasting impact are constant.  

According to the most up to date research published by the organization, more than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Statistically, 1 in 3 seniors dies with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia with the overall related death toll rising by 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems the prevalence is on the rise year over year. To put these startling numbers into perspective, consider that over the last 20 years deaths from heart disease have decreased by over 7% while Alzheimer related death has increased by 145%.

Understanding the growing prevalence of the disease makes it no surprise that Alzheimer’s is currently the most expensive disease in America. MRC along with fellow advocates participate in the effort each year in hopes to produce deeper understanding for earlier diagnosis, prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure.  

Additionally, MRC remains committed to supporting families who are facing a memory loss journey with support groups, resourcing and compassionate care, with specially training staff. MRC collectively cares for approximately 160 individuals in designated Memory Support  neighborhoods where they receive individualized care that includes various therapies to reduce anxiety and restlessness.  

Yvonne Seifert, MRC’s Vice President of Clinical Services explained, “We are certainly invested in education and advocacy to help  improve the future but we are also working diligently to understand the disease so we can impact those who are effected by memory loss today. Besides, it’s not just the resident who needs extra care, it’s their loved ones too. It’s exceptionally difficult to be a caregiver and watch your loved one slip away to such an unforgiving disease. We hold their hand through the journey and hope that it makes a difference in their experience that we were there.”

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks

4. Confusion with time or place

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgment

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality


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