As an athlete, you may take advantage of every opportunity to hit the basketball court with your friends. And if you are also interested in medical advances, you may appreciate knowing that members of your community raised roughly $20,000 for Alzheimer’s research during the recent Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) tournament.

Along with other businesses from the Long Island area, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC sponsored the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Held at Farmingdale State College, participants ranged in ages from grade school to over 40. And while perhaps not everyone involved knows someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, chances are that without a cure, the disease will influence their lives in some way.

How does Alzheimer’s increase safety concerns?

Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million people across America, roughly 50,000 of whom reside in Long Island. Although the disease ranks as the sixth cause of death in the United States, there neither exists a cure nor a treatment.

As the disease progressively changes a person’s thinking, memory and language skills, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may not have the ability to communicate how it affects them. And unable to recognize the changes taking place, they may have a high risk of injury.

If you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s, remember that the reasons they might get hurt include:

  • Decreased physical ability, including balance, which can increase falls
  • Confusion sometimes leads to agitation and aggressive behaviors
  • Memory failure could cause injuries while using common household appliances
  • Changes in senses may decrease sensitivity to extreme temperatures

Alzheimer’s may also cause someone to lose their ability to remember where they live and find their way home.

You can help a loved one remain safe

As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s progresses, there are things you can do to support their independence. While what that entails may look different for each family, you can modify their home environment by removing obstacles which cause confusion or unsafe levels of curiosity. Plus, there are monitoring devices available to track their whereabouts.

In addition to the efforts you make to minimize the chances of injury for your loved ones, you can continue working with your community to support organizations such as the AFA. Together, we hope to find a cure.