As your pastor, I am continuing to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Why? This disease impacts members of our congregation. According to experts, Alzheimer’s is more prevalent in the African American and Hispanic communities because we get diagnosed later, and the disease has progressed.
Our church is Alzheimer’s aware due in part to Sherial Zeno and the Health and Wellness Committee’s great job of educating on this topic.
I am writing to urge us to be proactive.
To be factual, I consulted with Kelly Wilmore, Coordinator of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association of Dallas. She told me this, “When people begin to show signs of Alzheimer’s, they may feel shame. They think it is their fault.” Ms. Wilmore advised, “Act now before a loved one is in crisis, and cannot make decisions for themselves.”
There are 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, including:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
- Decreased or poor judgement.
- Changes in mood and personality.
If someone you know is displaying any of these signs, take action. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Dr. Sheron C Patterson