What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms of this disease eventually become so severe that it interferes with an individual’s daily tasks. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, with most people being ages 65 and older.
Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over several years. In this diseases’ early stages, memory and cognitive loss are moderate, but once the individual has late-stage Alzheimer’s, they lose the ability to carry on a conversation and function on their own. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. On average, an individual living with Alzheimer's lives 4 to 8 years after they are diagnosed. Read more to see the video of the interview of Love Living Local.
Annual Alzheimer’s Walk Through the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. This event is open to all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.
While there is no fee to register for the walk, everyone is encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
The Retreat at Sunny Vista’s Participates in Alzheimer’s Walk to Fight the Disease
The Retreat at Sunny Vista has decided to host our own walk at the community this year. After talking with the Alzheimer’s Association and thinking about the safety of the residents and family due to COVID, we have decided this is the best option to support the Alzheimer’s Association and keep everyone safe. The walk will take place in our parking lot of the Retreat. Families, residents, and the public will walk in a circle in our parking lot to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. We will be holding signs remembering the residents we have lost over the last year along with any team member who is walking in support of a family member or friend. After the walk the Retreat will host a luncheon for all who participated and were in attendance.
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“I feel it is extremely important to embrace our Alzheimer’s community, and there is no better way to do that then to host a public event. More than 6.2 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and their care providers have provided over 15.3 billion hours of care to them. If we can’t go to the walk it will come to us,” said Pamela Cooper, the Retreat’s Director of Life Enrichment.
Memory Care at the Retreat at Sunny Vista
The Retreat at Sunny Vista provides care to both assisted living and memory care residents in Colorado Springs. Our community is the only non-secured memory care community in the area, and our team members are available 24/7 to ensure that your loved one is safe and being cared for.
Residents may enjoy socializing in our large bistro, participating in daily activities, or relaxing in the garden area of our enclosed courtyard.
Contact the Retreat today to schedule your tour and learn more about our upcoming events.