CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's is life changing, leaving both the patient and caregiver confused and often overwhelmed.
Amy French, Alzheimer's Association says "The first step is to know the enemy to know what you are dealing with, know what to expect."
That's why the local Alzheimer's association is now offering a new early stage program. Amy French says "More and more people fortunately are being diagnosed earlier in the disease, so the needs of those individuals are very different from those in the middle and later stages of the disease."
This program will answer questions like: -What should I expect as the disease progresses? -How should I plan for my future? -How do I live day to day?
Amy French says "We hear all the time about how it takes a village to raise a child, well it takes an entire community to support anyone with chronic illness."
By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple,barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease.
Amy French says "There's a lot in research pipeline in regards to early detection and early diagnosis, genetic markers, things along those lines."
And that has Amy optimistic about the future when it comes to Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Association Early State Program Eight week program starting April 15, 2014 Call 1.800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/altn