HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Right now in Alabama 91,000 people are suffering from Alzheimer’s and that number continues to grow.
“It is a very frustrating disease that can be a burden on both the patient and their caregiver,” Alzheimer’s Association Director of Programs and Education Brandi Medina says.
The non-profit group based in Huntsville works with patients and their families to provide support and counseling.
In recent months several patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s have went missing from their home or while driving. In Decatur earlier this month a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s lived inside a home with her deceased husband’s body for a month before anyone realized he had died.
Medina says there are programs offered to help authorities and care givers keep better taps on those patients.
” Project Lifesaver is available in all our counties it is a program where patients are given a small bracket that has tracking technology built-in so that rescuers can hone in on their position faster and hopefully save lives,” Medina added.
For more information about services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, contact their 24/7 Helpline. You can call toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.
Staff can help with:
- Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Medications and other treatment options
- General information about aging and brain health
- Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
- Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions