November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Currently, more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to rise to as high as 16 million by 2015.

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, the Center for Total Health would like to highlight its new and thought-provoking tour focused on Mental Health and Wellness. The tour offers insight to a wide range of personas whose health is impacted by varying degrees of mental health conditions or concerns, including Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

The Mental Health and Wellness personas introduce you to Kaiser Permanente and other innovators’ programs that showcase how important it is to integrate mental health care into your everyday health. Guests get the opportunity to see examples of mental health and wellness resources in various scenarios ranging from the broader community to the school classroom and the workspace. For those specifically worried about a loved one who may have early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, our tour identifies potential resources that may be of help.

We’ve already begun preliminary tours for the Mental Health and Wellness tour at the Center. If you would like a preview, make sure to schedule a time to see the content currently in development. You can also catch a behind the scenes look of the tour here. At the Center, we are working with various departments across Kaiser Permanente to destigmatize mental health issues, especially those around Alzheimer’s disease, and promote access to care and other resources.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosts internal and external educational events. All events – including annual banquets, quarterly meetings, trainings, interviews – feature healthy catering options and can be customized to incorporate the interactive exhibits that make the Center for Total health experience both fun and informative for attendees. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request via our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Picture: Rosemary, caregiver and wife of Leo (in the background), worries about his forgetfulness and whether it is a sign of dementia or more. Come take a tour and hear their story.

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