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Group Helps Nevadans Navigate Dementias, Alzheimer's Disease

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023   

One Nevada group wants to help educate Nevadans on how to make people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease feel "seen" and supported, especially during Older Americans and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Jeffrey Klein, President and CEO of the nonprofit Nevada Senior Services, said since 2000, deaths in Nevada from Alzheimer's disease have increased 261%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer's is one of the leading causes of death in the Silver State, and Klein said Nevada has one of the fastest-growing aging populations in the country.

"So, because we're aging and because a number of these diseases - dementias in particular - are more prevalent in older folks. Nevada is being challenged by a lack of resources for a population that is growing rapidly," he said.

Klein added his organization aims to help educate families on how to navigate and manage diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's and said everyone's experience is different and that it is important to remember treatment is not a "one size fits all" approach.

Klein explained many people have what he calls "ageism biases" - they assume an older person is not capable of keeping up with everyday tasks, or can no longer contribute to their family unit or social circle, and added that simply is not true. While dementia and Alzheimer's are undoubtedly challenging cognitive issues to grapple with, negative attitudes that invalidate an older person's feelings and abilities only make the situation more stressful, he said.

"That makes people who have those problems really worry," he explained. "So, they worry when they go to the hospital. They worry when they receive other services. Some people lack patience. And it's really hard on family caregivers, because all of these external issues increase the pressure at home as well."

Klein encourages those who have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's disease to seek help and said his group has workshops and resources that not only help family and caregivers manage, but also allow the person who's been diagnosed to get "comfortable with what their future will look like."


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