Leading the Charge for Early Alzheimer’s Detection
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and, every 65 seconds in our country, someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and affects over 5 million people, along with over 16 million caregivers. Early detection of the disease can make a significant difference in the quality of life for those living with the illness and the challenges that come along with it.
A new campaign from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Ad Council hopes to arm families and caregivers with the tools and resources to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Cynthia Guzman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011. She was 63 at the time. Before her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she worked for 30 years as an LPN Change Nurse at the Arizona State Veterans Nursing Home, and as assistant to the director for the State of Arizona Ventilator Home Program, and worked directly with Alzheimer’s patients. She currently serves as an “National Early Stage Advisor” with the Alzheimer’s Association, and, she spoke with us by phone to share her story.