Thursday, May 3, 2012

People Miserably Fail Local Mother's Day Alzheimer's Quiz

It may hit you and your siblings when you visit Mom this Mother's
Day. She's not as sharp as she used to be - very forgetful and
confused. Is it just old age or Alzheimer's? You don't have a clue
and you're not alone.

Half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer's, the deadly
disease that affects five million of us - more women than men. Yet
just in time for Mother's Day - in a recent Senior Helpers Alzheimer's
Quiz taken by more than one thousand people, 67% or 2/3 failed (they
got fewer than 60% of the questions correct)! Have your readers/
viewers take the full quiz below.

That's why Senior Helpers, one of our nation's largest providers of in-
home senior care, with an office in our area, has launched Senior
Gems, a FREE and revolutionary Alzheimer's education program . It
assigns each stage of the disease to a gem, like a diamond or ruby,
and gives step-by-step instruction so people can navigate every mood
and movement of a loved one who is coping with the disease. Please
give your readers a link to the Senior Helper's Senior Gems program
where they can get a free DVD that walks them through every step of
caring for someone with the deadly disease.

"We have a crisis in America because Alzheimer's is a deadly epidemic
yet this quiz shows many people still don't know enough about the
disease or how to best communicate with a loved one who has it. As our
population grows older and lives longer, families will need survival
skills to cope through the various stages of the disease and manage
the stressful toll it takes on everyone,"says Peter Ross, CEO and
founder of Senior Helpers, one of our nation's largest in-home senior
care companies and co-creator of the Senior Gems program. "We
launched Senior Gems to give caregivers and family members a hands-on
guide for education and survival."

Pam's Mother's Day Heartbreak

Pam Huntoon says she didn't know much about Alzheimer's disease until
her 85-year-old mother was diagnosed. "You suddenly do a ton of
research but that doesn't teach you how to handle the person in real
life situations," she says. "Mom used to be witty and sharp with a
great sense of humor. Now she has hallucinations and she's very
confused. It's a struggle."

Pam watched the Senior Gems DVD and hired a Senior Helper's caregiver
trained in Gems to help with her mom five days a week. "It has been
such a blessing to have this help. I've learned it's not Mom's fault
that she acts this way, that she can't help herself. I can't argue or
prove my point. Gems has taught me to be patient and kind and that has
been a lifesaver as we guide Mom through this final stage of her life."

Senior Helper's Alzheimer's Quiz

Tell this story by giving your readers/viewers the Senior Helper's
Alzheimer's Quiz to see how they stack-up (see bottom of release for
answer key):

1. Alzheimer's only affects memory skills (Pick one)

a) True, other parts of the brain are not damaged by Alzheimer's
b) False, it affects memory and language skills
c) True, it spreads through the memory center, eventually keeping if
from working at all
d) False, it affects memory, language, vision, sensation & motor
skills, and decision making ability

2. Can you get Alzheimer's if no one in your family has/had it? (Pick

a) Yes – Anyone can develop the disease.
b) No – Alzheimer's is purely genetic.
c) No – a family member on your mother's side must have had
Alzheimer's to put you at risk of developing it.

3. What's the most common 'early' sign of Alzheimer's disease? (Pick

a) Can't remember NEW information
b) Can't remember OLD information
c) Can't remember ANY information

4. At what age is your working memory the sharpest and fastest it will
ever be? ( Pick one)

a) 10-14 years old
b) 2-10 years old
c) 30-35 years old
d) 14-18 years old
e) 35-45 years old
f) 26-30 years old
g) Late teens to early 20s
h) 45-50 years old

5. What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?
(Pick one)

a) Alzheimer's is progressive (gets worse with time) but dementia is not
b) Dementia is not as serious as Alzheimer's, it just affects memory
c) They are actually the same thing, just different names
d) Dementia is a general category and Alzheimer's is a specific type
of brain failure
e) Alzheimer's is treatable, but dementia is not

6. Can you prevent Alzheimer's? (Pick one)

a) Yes –You can prevent Alzheimer's with a healthy diet.
b) Yes - You can prevent Alzheimer's with brain exercises.
c) No – you cannot prevent Alzheimer's.

7. Do people die from Alzheimer's? (Pick one)

a) No – those with Alzheimer's usually die from other causes.
b) Yes – Alzheimer's is ultimately a fatal disease.
c) No – Alzheimer's is memory-impairment disease, not life-threatening
in almost all cases

8. These are all risk factors for Late Onset Alzheimer's – which is
the greatest known risk? (Pick one)

a) Brain injury
b) Increasing age
c) Genetics
d) Heart attack or stroke
e) Stress
f) Diet
g) Diabetes
h) Obesity

9. Alzheimer's is a natural stage of aging ( Pick one)

a) True – All seniors eventually get Alzheimer's
b) False – If you lead a healthy and active lifestyle, you won't get
c) False – Alzheimer's is not a natural stage of aging.

10. At age 85, your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease is closest

a) 5%
b) 25%
c) 50%
d) 75%
e) 100%

11. Which of the following is NOT true about dementia? (Pick one)

a) It is terminal
b) It is progressive (gets worse with time)
c) There is no known cure
d) There are more than 80 causes, types, and forms
e) It always results in the person becoming angry and dangerous in the
later stages

Answer Key:
1. d
2. a
3. a
4. g
5. d
6. c
7. b
8. b
9. c
10. c
11. e

To Tell This Story:

• Print/post the quiz in its entirety so your audience can take the
quiz and see how they stack-up.

• Please provide a link so your audience can receive a FREE DVD of the
Senior Gems program.

• We will provide interviews with local caregivers trained in Senior
Gems and in some cases, local families struggling to cope with the

*Editor's Note: Please cite Senior Helpers as the source for this quiz.
*This online quiz was given by a third party, commissioned by Senior
*The survey included 1,013 respondents: male and female, 40 years or
older, with a living parent. Full survey data available upon request.

About Senior Helpers:
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish
to live at home as
opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 300
franchises in 39 states and one in Canada offering a wide range of
personal and companion care services to assist seniors living
independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client
and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the
leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable,
consistent and affordable home care.
For more information, please visit

About Senior Gems:
Senior Gems is a revolutionary program to help family members and
professional caregivers properly care for their aging loved ones
through each stage of dementia. Teepa Snow began developing her Gem
Levels in 2006. In 2011, the Senior Gem program was created with her
guidance and assistance. This program puts Senior Helpers at the
forefront of individual and in-home dementia-specialized care giving
as they offer all of their in-home companions and caregivers the
opportunity to become dementia care certified through the training