Welcome to Alzheimer's ERS
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that slowly destroys memory and other mental abilities. As the disease progresses, so does the loss of reasoning, ability language, decision-making ability, judgment and other critical skills.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s Disease, and the incidence of the disease is rising in line with the aging population. The risk of developing the illness increases with advanced age. Current research from the National Institute on Aging indicates that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease doubles every five years beyond age 65. It is also estimated that about half a million Americans younger than age 65 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.
This disease poses real challenges for both the person with the disease and to their caregivers—both at home and in the institutional setting. In the United States, there are at least 15 million family members caring for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, at least 60% of nursing home residents suffer from Alzheimer’s or some other dementia.
Alzheimer’s Education, Resources & Services, Inc. (AERS) is an Alabama non-profit corporation which seeks to provide education about Alzheimer’s Disease to family caregivers, staff of care facilities and other medical professionals, as well as the general public. AERS also provides information and counseling to family caregivers and supports the efforts of local caregiver support groups.
The Renaissance Spirit Group will begin meeting on Thursday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. and continue every Thursday each week. You must pre-register with Nancy McLain @ (334)233-2139. Space is limited so don't hesitate to call and register your loved one. This group is an Adult Day Group specifically geared towards those living in the early to mid-stages of Alzheimers. We will focus on Music and Art from 10 am - 2 pm each Thursday. Participants will bring their own sack lunch, but drinks and snacks will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering to assist the program attendees, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.