Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco has announced that representatives from the Act Now Foundation — a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate people about Alzheimer’s disease — will be at the county’s Division of Senior Services on the second floor at One Bergen County Plaza every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide local residents with information on how to detect, prevent, and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
“More than five million Americans across the country suffer from Alzheimer’s disease,” Tedesco said. “By bringing the Act Now Foundation to One Bergen County Plaza on a weekly basis, we will be able to help more residents better understand this debilitating disease and provide them with the necessary information and services for early detection and prevention.”
According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. But recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering and reasoning — and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living.
The Act Now Foundation connects people to vital community resources and information on aging and dementia while also developing innovative approaches to aging issues.
Bergen County residents interested in scheduling an appointment with a representative from the Act Now Foundation can call (201) 336.-7400.