News from Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley
Michelle Castro, HR Manager at REEB, along with another female colleague presented on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. Castro, a passionate volunteer, told a personal story of losing her mother, uncle, and brother to the cognitive disease. Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect more than 5 million Americans of all ages. An estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2020. Eighty percent are age 75 or older. One in 10 people age 65 and older (10%) has Alzheimer's dementia. Needless to say, many have family, friends, and neighbors who have been impacted by the disease.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
- The most common type of dementia.
- A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.
- Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
- Can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
Many in the business community need to understand Alzheimer's and dementia not only for their personal lives, but also to be sensitive to the needs of their employees. Specifically, eldercare is one of the most common reasons that their workforce misses work -- to accompany or manage the care for aging parents and loved ones.
While scientists are learning more every day, right now, they still do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, passion individuals are raising money through Alzheimer's Association walks and other fundraising that benefit research. For more information about the Alzheimer's Association visit http://alz.org/.