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Alzheimer’s Awareness Week at Bethany Village

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istock_000004151552xsmallAll this week, staff and residents of Bethany Village are engaging in a wide array of activities related to Alzheimer’s disease. The week is an effort to raise awareness about the disease and pay tribute to those affected.

Residents are taking part in both fun and reflective activities. For example, caregivers and residents alike walked the halls of Bethany, reading facts about Alzheimer’s that were posted on the walls. After the walk, many residents gathered for a fun game of bingo. Purple is the official color of Alzheimer’s awareness. To this end, bingo tables were adorned with purple tablecloths and matching balloons. Staff are even wearing purple each Tuesday in November as a sign of solidarity.

Caregivers of a patient with Alzheimer’s face several medical risk factors including stress and burnout. Bethany hosted a Caregiver’s Retreat offering a day of relaxation for family members of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Perhaps most important after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a strong support network. Bethany Village has an official Alzheimer’s support group that meets regularly.

If you would like more information Alzheimer’s disease, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association online.

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