Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County services highlighted during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 1:25 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 8:40 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Stephanie Taylor, the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, said it is an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and resources available with hopes to remove the stigma around the disease.

“It’s a mental health disease, and it’s a degenerative brain disease,” Taylor said. “You might not remember your family and friends. You can no longer drive, and so people in general typically want to keep that a secret and hold that in, so that they’re not judged by the outside world. And so I think that we really just want to make them feel supported in this community.”

This summer, the Food and Drug Administration approved Aducanumab, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. According to the FDA website, it’s the first new treatment approved for the disease since 2003 and is the first therapy that targets the fundamental pathophysiology of the disease.

“We’re really hopeful that they can build on that research and really find something that is a treatment or a preventative measure,” Taylor said. “But we do have drugs available on the market that help to slow the progression and treat symptoms.”

November is also National Family Caregivers’ Month. “It’s just really important we want to make sure that caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia can continue to go out and be a part of our community and not become isolated and know that there’s support available,” Taylor said.

Taylor talked about the services available, support groups, fundraising opportunities that are provided for the month and year-round.

For more information about the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, click this link.

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