Living and Making Memories with Alzheimer's Disease with Jim McAleer

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Dementia is recorded as the seventh leading cause of death and one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older adults globally. Just like heart disease and cancer, dementia is an umbrella term for a set of syndromes that leads to deterioration in cognitive function. It is caused by the damage of brain cells that results in the inability to communicate, think, feel, or behave appropriately. 

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia that worsens over time. It kills the brain cells and leads to memory loss and cognitive decline. This disease is incurable and affects mainly people ages 65 years and older. 

Memories are beautiful and priceless. It strengthens our sense of self-identity and purpose, as well as our bonds with others. When these memories slowly fade, everything will change and that's why we need to have a support system to help guide us in living with someone who has this condition. Dr. Dung Trinh is joined by Jim McAleer to share his organization, “Alzheimer’s Orange County”, which provides hands-on care and support for patients with Alzheimer’s.

A person with dementia is most likely to be socially isolated, less likely to exercise, forget medications, and less connected to society. And having a good support system can benefit the psychological aspect of that person suffering from this neuro-degenerative health condition. Don’t miss Episode 3 of Health Talks with Dr. Trinh to know what dementia is all about. Listen now!

Memorable Quotes:

  • Patients with Alzheimer's are still with us. It’s just the memories that are lost. - Jim McAleer
  • Seniors with dementia are the most vulnerable in society. - Dr. Dung Trinh

Other Resources Mentioned:

Important Points:

  • Learn a new game because your brain is very adaptable and you can keep your brain active. 
  • A person with dementia is most likely to be socially isolated, less likely to exercise, forget medications, and less connected to society.
  • “Dementia” is an overlying term for a neurologically impairing condition that impacts the ability to function.
  • There are a couple of different conditions of dementia: Parkinsonian dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, alcohol-related dementia, and others.

About the Guests:

Jim McAleer is the president and CEO of Alzheimer’s Orange County.  AlzOC runs two adult day centers, Acacia Adult Day Center and South County Adult Day Center. He also mentors and leads an Executive Team composed of 5 highly-qualified and industry-experienced individuals in developing and implementing the agency’s strategic plan.

About the Host:

Dung Trinh, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Irvine Clinical Research, medical missionary with TongueOut Medical Missions, and holds leadership positions with multiple health care organizations in Orange County. He is a keynote speaker, best-selling author, and Host of “Health Talks with Dr Trinh” which can be heard weekly on OC Talk Radio.

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For every patient officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, many more are living with this condition undiagnosed. Stay on top of this cognitive condition by knowing the symptoms and risk reduction strategies.

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