Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients need to take care of themselves, too

A conceptual look at Alzheimers disease, and some of the problems it brings.

Alzheimer’s is the only disease that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s according to Laura Wall, director of development for the Utah chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

She encourages local residents to participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s coming up on Saturday, September 9 at Merlin Olsen Park with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10:30 a.m.

She says the walk is planned to raise funds, friends and awareness about Alzheimer’s.

“We know that this is the very hardest for the caregivers. You have to keep yourself healthy,” encourages Wall. “We liken it to (what you see) on an airplane: you’ve got to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you can save anyone else.

“Pay head to that, because this is a very difficult disease to deal with and it takes a long, long time. Be kind to yourself, know that you are not alone. This is an isolating disease. So don’t be alone, reach out and we’ll find help.”

For more information about the event coming up in September, or about Alzheimer’s disease, call (801) 265-1944 or locally at 535-5296.

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