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September 25, 2013

Daily activities for Parkinson’s patients topic of meeting Friday

TERRE HAUTE — Acronyms are everywhere today, from corporate chain names to social-media lingo. One particular acronym can characterize a better life for men and women afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

ADL stands for activities for daily living, practical pointers for Parkinson’s disease patients concerning bathing, dressing, eating, sleeping, restroom trips and mobility, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. The Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group will discuss those ADLs on Friday when it meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Westminster Village at 1120 Davis Dr.

The tips help the afflicted cope with symptoms, such as rising out of a bathtub despite tremors, slow movement or balance problems.

Parkinson’s affects nearly 1.5 million Americans. No cure is known, but some medications and treatments can slow or mitigate its progression.

For more information, contact the local group’s organizer, Loyal Bishop, at 812-232-4668.Alzheimer Association’s Walk raises at least $34K

More than 400 residents from Terre Haute joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 15 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. While totals are being finalized, initial numbers indicate that participants raised more than $34,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

“I was inspired by Terre Haute residents uniting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Heather Hershberger, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter executive director. “With funds raised, the Alzheimer’s Association will be able to provide much-needed care and support to people affected by the disease as well as fund critically needed Alzheimer’s research.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the one-mile walk. They learned more about Alzheimer’s disease and the association’s critical role in the fight against it, including the latest about Alzheimer’s research and current clinical trials, how they can become involved in advocacy efforts at home and in Washington, D.C., and the association’s support programs and services.

The event also included an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly increase well beyond today’s more than 5 million. In Indiana alone, there are more than 120,000 people living with Alzheimer’s.

 For more information or to make a donation, visit alz.org/Indiana or call 800-272-3900.

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