Out of the 5 million people in America live with Alzheimer’s
disease, 1.1 million live in California. As a nonprofit serving
older adults in Northern California, Eskaton offers flexible care
options for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types
of dementia. We are committed to partnering with the Alzheimer’s
Association to find a cure and provide support for those living
with the disease.
Your fundraising dollars directly benefit those living with
Alzheimer’s disease in your community. Every year we walk
alongside our residents, family members and care associates to
advocate for those living with dementia. We are committed to
breaking down the stigma of the disease and spreading awareness
that living well remains possible even with a diagnosis.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia where a person
experiences changes with memory, thinking and performing complex
tasks. Changes usually develop slowly and progress over time,
becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
What is Dementia?
Often the term is interchanged with Alzheimer’s disease. However,
Alzheimer’s disease is just one type of dementia that accounts
for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There are many types of dementia
ranging from Parkinson’s disease to vascular dementia to Dementia
with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The term dementia is an umbrella term
used to describe a wide range of changes that might occur in the
brain. Dementia is complex but a person may experience the
following: changes in memory, judgment, difficulty speaking and
completing complex tasks. Dementia may also interfere with a
person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities over time.
Eskaton believes that with the right supportive environment and
adaptive strategies living well with dementia is possible.
What can I do following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or
First define dementia in a way that is understandable. Eskaton
defines dementia as a shift in the way a person experiences the
world. The best education is to understand that although your
brain may experience changes in executive function, attention,
memory, perception, motor skills and language there will also
remain many strengths. Your brain will create new ways of
communicating, growing and learning.
There are support groups available for both persons’ living with
dementia and family care partners that discuss the lived
experienced and ways to continue living meaningful lives. If you
are looking for an early-stage support group contact Judy
Filippoff, MSW, Early Stage Program coordinator at the
Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. For a list of support groups
through Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern
California click here or
visit the Alzheimer’s Association support
group and education calendar. Remember, you are not alone in
your diagnosis. Watch video.