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Alzheimer's & Dementia Awareness

Worldwide, there are at least 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s - and everyone can help to fight it.

According to the the American Alzheimer’s Association:  Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.

That is why it is so important for 9-1-1 and first responders to know that a person may have Alzheimer’s and how to effectively treat them immediately.  Individuals with Alzheimer’s or their caregivers can make 9-1-1 aware of their condition in their Smart911 Safety Profile, so if they or a loved one dials 9-1-1 dispatchers will know:

  • Who they are- including a photo and physical description in the event they have wandered
  • Behavioral notes and how to interact with them
  • Medical notes including Alzheimer’s, medications and allergies
  • Emergency contacts

This information can save valuable time as 9-1-1 can dispatch response teams to the correct location with more information.

Resources

Troy Police Department Alzheimer's Flyer
Troy Fire Department Alzheimer's Flyer
Pike County Sheriff Alzheimer's Flyer