November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month which brings attention to the disease that impacts nearly 5.4 million people nationally. To help raise awareness about the cause, NBC4 Sports Anchor and Reporter Mario Solis will host the Alzheimer's Association Walk at LA Live on Sunday, November 5. Visit the event site to learn more.
Another nonprofit organization that is a full-service, demential-focused group in Southern California, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA), says that Alzheimer's is an irreversible, neurodegenerative disease that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions, eventually impacting the ability to carry out even simple tasks.
According to ALZGLA, more than 250,000 people have the disease in Los Angeles alone, more than any other city in the U.S., impacting the lives of many families and caregivers.
In most people that develop Alzheimer’s, the symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. A nutritious diet, exercise, social engagement, and mental stimulation help people stay healthy as they age; it may also slow the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s. Currently, there is no cure, but scientists and researchers are getting closer to effective treatments, and one day soon, a cure.
Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles helps people cope with the disease with five locations serving Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and south Ventura County. The organization provides free programs to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their families and caregivers. To learn more, call the 24/7 helpline at 844-HELP-ALZ or visit www.alzgla.org.