Northwest NEWS

November 1, 1999

Home & Garden

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

   With the aging of the "baby boomer" generation, there is the potential for an alarming increase in the number of people with Alzheimer's diease.

   November has been designated as National Alzheimer's Awareness month to call attention to the fact that 4 million people in the United States have the disease. An estimated 100,000 live here in Washington State.

   Although a cure is not yet at hand, there have been some very promising research breakthroughs recently. There are medications that have proven somewhat successful in helping persons in the early stages of the disease, so there is some cause for cautious optimism.

   Until a cure is found, the Alzheimer's Association is available to help Alzheimer's patients and their families by offering support groups, a Help Line, case management, educational outreach programs, and information about the disease, research, and resources. To find out more about the services provided by the Alzheimer's Association, call 1-800-848-7097.