My opening remarks this morning centered on depression and mental health in general. I mused on the acceptability of addiction and rehabilitation, and the ‘shame’ of mental illness. Robin William’s recent suicide sparked this commentary. We as a country have still not come to grips with the reality of mental illness as an illness, not a choice. And we should, and we need to soon. Alcoholism and drug addiction are viewed as illnesses and going for treatment is lauded. However, admitting that we suffer from clinical depression and are in need of mental health counseling and therapy is frowned on as something to keep under wraps.
Alice Watkins, (800-228-8738) Executive Director of Alzheimers North Carolina, Teresa Hoover, a dementia and Alzheimer’s educator, and Melika Mason the grand daughter of an Alzheimer’s individual join me today in studio. We discussed the mission and services of Alzheimer’s NC and the general lack of awareness of the disease process, early signs of Alzheimer’s , and the tsunami that we’re entering with the 70 million Baby Boomers entering their older years where Alzheimer’s disease is more common.
Melika discussed her grandmother’s journey into Alzheimer’s disease, how the family has involved her in the process and deision making, and dealing with the physicians who in many instances have little to no education or training with dementia.
If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or any of the many forms of dementia, then this show may be a wonderful resource for you. I hope so.