Residents and staff came together in downtown Asheville for our 4th Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. It’s the largest fundraising event for the organization and raises money for awareness, care, support, and research.
Here’s a look at last year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s:
What is Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.*
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s
We have residents at Ardenwoods and Heather Glen who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Consequently, it’s important for our community to support them, their families, and their caregivers.
Heather Glen residents participate in a Walk & Roll event to stand in solidarity with Team Ardenwoods. This year’s Walk & Roll took place during Assisted Living Week, just before Asheville’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Want to see more photos? Be sure to follow us on Facebook!
Normal Memory Loss
As we age, many of us wonder and worry about how memory loss differs from dementia. Fortunately, small memory lapses are not symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
There are 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
Finally, you can support Team Ardenwoods with a donation, here!
*Taken from The Alzehimer’s Association website: www.alz.org