Alzheimer’s New Jersey will host its annual Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s, to increase support for its efforts to assist the growing number of families facing this devastating disease, on Sunday, October 22, at Bergen Community College, Paramus. Walks are scheduled for October 7 at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater; and on November 4 at Point Pleasant Beach, corner of Arnold and Baltimore avenues.
While the terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” are often used interchangeably, it’s important to know the difference between the two terms, especially when seeking a diagnosis for memory issues.
Dementia is not one specific disease. It is an “umbrella” term used to describe over 100 different conditions that impair memory, behavior, and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults, accounting for 60-80 percent of all dementias. The symptoms of dementia include memory loss; changes in mood and behavior; and difficulty with thinking, problem solving, and language that are severe enough to affect the ability to perform everyday activities.
While the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease overlap with other dementias, there can also be significant differences related to brain changes, memory, and behavior.
If you are concerned about cognitive changes in yourself or a loved one, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Is it Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, or are the changes in memory related to normal age-related forgetfulness?
Alzheimer’s New Jersey is here to help. Our education and support programs provide personal and confidential assistance, guidance, caregiving relief, emotional support, and education as families face the emotional and financial challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s will feature music, entertainment, refreshments, and door prizes. The community is invited to participate. The Jewish Standard is among the sponsors.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s NJ programs and the walk, call the helpline at (888) 280-6055 or visit alznj.org.