The beginning of November kicks off Alzheimer’s awareness month and National Caregiver’s month. A disease that has already affected over 5 million Americans as of 2013 is expected to impact 13.8 million Americans by the year 2050. There are over 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers who deserve to be honored this month for all of their work in keeping our seniors safe and cared for. Senior Helpers employs over 100 caregivers who have undergone background checks as well as specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia care in the Walnut Creek and Danville areas.

What is most important in Alzheimer’s awareness month is raising understanding on the disease and offering individuals the tools they need to recognizing if their senior may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia so that they might be able to provide the appropriate care.

It is common for individuals to assume that as most seniors age, they may begin to “lose their marbles,” but knowing what is considered normal aging and what could be the early signs of dementia is imperative for catching the disease.

Spokesperson and expert on dementia and Alzheimer’s is Teepa Snow, has teamed with Senior Helpers of Moraga to come up with the program The Senior Gems. The Senior Gems focuses on what is precious and unique about all of our clients. Click to see the chart that outlines each stage of dementia as a gem and suggests activities and prep work for a special occasion to make your time together enjoyable for everyone.

Teepa Snow will be speaking at the seventh annual Senior Health Fair in the East Bay. Click for a video by Teepa Snow describing the gem chart as well.

If your senior shows any signs of dementia it is important to seek out a professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis, and know that facing the care giving journey alone isn’t your only option. Senior Helpers provides service to most of the East Bay covering areas in Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Alameda, Lafayette, and many others. For more information, you can call our office in Moraga at (925)376-8000.

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