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Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease Resources for Congregations

Funds provided by ACT on Alzheimer’s (ACT on ALZ) – www.actonalz.org

The Minnesota Council of Churches is one of 34 communities that used the guided community engagement process of ACT on Alzheimer’s. The creation of this web resource page for the faith community is one of the action plan(Phase 4) agreed upon by three congregations (First Presbyterian Church, Mankato, Mayflower Community Church and Oak Grove Presbyterian Church) that participated in the process. The other is to raise awareness to engage their congregation in several activities to raise awareness that includes a Pew Survey that can be used in congregation (see below).

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and progressively worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. It is fatal and 80% of the cases of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the risk increases in majority of the people over 65 years of age. Five percent of the disease are known as early onset and occurs in people under 65 years of age.

Know the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

To download and print copies of warning signs of Alzheimer’s http://www.alz.org/national/documents/checklist_10signs.pdf

   
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Current Faith Ambassadors click here for materials.

Individuals or congregations interested in training or hosting a conversation should contact MCC at (612) 230-3344.

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