November Is Alzheimers Awareness Month (Courtesy of WKRG Coverage)
November 13, 2007
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George Yeend leads a prayer. A prayer for those living with Alzheimers and for those who care for them. Like many others at the John McClure Snook Center in Daphne, Yeend prays for patients at the care facility, including his wife.
"It started getting to the point of being dangerous she would get up all hours of the night and at that point she didn't know who I was or where she lived so she tried to get out of the house, " Said Yeend.
Yeend says having to hand his wife over to caretakers was one of the hardest things he has ever done. But he says it was the only thing he could do."Here's a lady that raised five children while I was away at sea in the navy and here she is holding the toothbrush by the bristles and rubbing the handle on her teeth. it's hard to understand that," said Yeend.
Communities nationwide will be holding candlelight vigils to raise awareness about Alzheimers disease and to let caregivers know that they are not alone when it comes to dealing with the disease.
Thanks to a bracelet like device implemented in 2004 by Mercy Medical and the Mobile and Baldwin County Sheriff's Departments, people with Alzeheimer's can be tracked down.
"It's very important to check your resources like this because if they have Alzheimer's or they are autistic, they might have a tendency to wander, "said Tess Howell, Snook Center.
So far, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran says it has helped rescue three Alzheimer's patients.
"If in fact they are equipped with this transmitter it's probably one-hundred percent reliable in locating them. the technology is such that it's pretty easy to locate someone when they have a transmitting device on them," said Sheriff Cochran.
Next week, the Snook Center will hold a free screening on Tuesday, National Memory Screening Day. Organizers say it is the first step in early detection for Alzheimer's. For more information contact the Snook Center at 625-2555.