The facts of Alzheimer’s

Published 5:00 pm Saturday, August 13, 2011

Alzheimer’s disease is the second most-feared condition, yet most adults (62 percent) said they have little or no knowledge about Alzheimer’s, according to a new report, Harris Interactive conducted the survey on behalf of the MetLife Foundation.

Among other eye-opening findings from the survey of 1,007 adults: Alzheimer’s is the second-most feared disease, behind only cancer, and most adults have done nothing to prepare for the possible onset of the disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans. It is estimated that Alzheimer’s will affect 7.7 million people by 2030, which represents an increase of more than 50 percent over today’s numbers.

Other findings from the survey include:

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• Some 44 percent of adults have family members or friends with Alzheimer’s.

• Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of adults are extremely or very concerned that they may become a caregiver some day for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. That’s an increase from the 18 percent who said the same thing in 2006.

• Only 18 percent say they have made plans for the possibility of getting Alzheimer’s, and fewer than half have talked to their families about Alzheimer’s.

• About one-third (33 percent) say they have considered their care options should they get Alzheimer’s, and 44 percent say they have designated who will take care of them in that event.

• Just over one-fifth (21 percent) say they have made financial arrangements in advance of a possible onset of Alzheimer’s.

Use it or lose it. The message is simple. If you don’t use your muscles, they will no longer be as effective as they should be. Of course, the brain is not a muscle; however, it has recently come to light that “mental workouts,” such as solving crosswords and other puzzles, can help ward off Alzheimer’s.

If this sparks your interest or if you decided it’s time to find out more about Alzheimer’s, the Senior Center is having an Alzheimer’s awareness class Friday. To sign up stop by the front desk or call us at 433-2370 ext. 0.

Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood pressure checks, 9 a.m.; Naps, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Pinochle, Bridge; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.,; Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; movie “The Notebook,” 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 12:30 p.m.; Pinochle, Cribbage Tournament, Duplicate Bridge; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 5:30 p.m.; Salsa class, 6 p.m.

Thursday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie Anderson, 9 a.m.; cards, Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.;cards, 12:30 p.m.; Bridge Tournament; Alzheimer’s awareness class, 2 p.m.

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Aug. 1, four tables

1st Dave Ring, 2nd Jo Anne Maxfield, 2nd Wilbur Mittag, 3rd Millie Steiver, 3rd Willard Ballantyne, 4th Mabel Vaale, 4th Jerry Downing, 5th Connie Johnson, 6th John Allen.

Tuesday “500”

Aug. 2, four tables

1st Wayne Chilson


Quinten Fiala, Dave Solomonson

Friday Bridge

Tournament results for Aug. 5, four tables

1st Dave Ring, 2nd Betty Jorgenson, 3rd Russ Vaale, 4th Arnie Lang, 5th Bill Myers, 6th John Allen.

Friday Cribbage

Aug. 5, one and half tables

1st Mildred Ballantyne, 2nd Dorothy Peterson

Weekly “500”

Tournament results for Aug. 5, three tables

1st Arnold Bergstrom, 2nd Dorothy Stern, 3rd Lois Anderson, 4th Eddie Hall

Weekly Cribbage

Aug. 3, three and a half tables

Perfect score

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Lottie Siera, 3rd Dale Peter, 4th Quinten Fiala

Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Taco casserole

Tuesday: Meatballs

Wednesday: Tuna pasta salad

Thursday: Chicken ala King

Friday: Beef pot roast