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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to loss of memory, thinking, and other brain functions. Alzheimer's is not a part of normal aging, but results from a complex pattern of abnormal changes. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as more brain cells wither and die. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease progress from mild forgetfulness to widespread brain impairment. Chemical and structural changes in the brain slowly destroy the ability to create, remember, learn, reason, and relate to others. As critical cells die, drastic personality loss occurs and body systems fail.
 
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, a general term used to describe various diseases and conditions that damage brain cells. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.4 million Americans are currently living with the disease.
 
The symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss; challenges in planning or solving problems; difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure; confusion with time and place; trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships; problems with words in speaking or writing; difficulty maintaining things; the inability to retrace steps; decreased or poor judgment; withdrawal from work and/or social activities; and changes in mood and personality.
 
Situation and Solution: A music teacher at a small high school was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s.  Through meeting with school administration and with help from her doctor, the teacher was able to remain in her position with increased support in the form of accommodations.  With the help of a colleague, she was able to better organize her desk and files so that retrieval of information was much easier.  Color-coding was used to help her better locate that information.  She was also provided with a voice-activated recorder to help her remember verbal instructions and notes from meetings. At the current time, the accommodations were helping her keep her performance at a very high level.

Note: Link to AskJAN for more information about Alzheimer ’s Disease.

Call Oklahoma ABLE Tech (800-257-1705) for accommodation ideas or to borrow assistive technology. ABLE Tech’s AT Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program works just like a book library. Here are some devices that relate to this article:

Reminder "Rosie" Clock/Voice
Watchminder3
Digital Voice Recorder
Bluetooth Vibrating Cell Phone Signaler and Alarm Clip
Time Timer

Search Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s resources for reused AT and durable medical equipment
including free and low cost items.


Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800-257-1705.


Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: rgcarr@okstate.edu

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Department of Wellness

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame,

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu

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