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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Clare Bridge Is TYF's Charity for Sept/October

Clare Bridge of Tempe is Tempe Yarn and Fiber's charity for September/October. Clare Bridge is a senior living community dedicated to serving the special care needs of individual with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

They are in need of tactile stimulating objects, a folded square with a button knit or crocheted in a bumpy or fuzzy or smooth fabric pattern. Also needed are fuzzy stuffed animals or dolls of various sizes, shawls, socks, slippers and lap blankets. Be creative and have fun!

Facts About Alzheimer's Disease:
Memory loss is not a normal part of aging.
It may be Alzheimer's - a progressive and fatal brain disease.
While we would like to believe that this disease will never impact us or anyone we know there are as many as 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease.

Today we know that Alzheimer's:

- Is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. But Alzheimer's isn't just a senior disease, it is estimated that over 500,000 Americans in their 30-50's are also impacted. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies and social life. Alzheimer's gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more: Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

- It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

- Has no current cure. But treatments for symptoms, combined with the right serves and support, can make life better for the millions of Americans living with Alzheimer's. There is an accelerating worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing. Learn more about recent progress in Alzheimer research funded by the Alzheimer's Association.

Join Tempe Yarn & Fiber in helping make a difference in the lives of the folks at Claire Bridge.

Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer's disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it.

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