TAKE THE FIRST STEP
Every 66 seconds, with tireless monotony, Alzheimer’s knocks on the door of an American home. Degenerative and ultimately fatal, it is democratic in its reach. Millions of families across state and social boundaries, helplessly witness their loved ones afflicted by the ruthless epidemic, slowly and painfully perish into oblivion. The advanced stage in which the disease becomes ‘visible’, leaves very little room for treatment of the patient or reconciliation for the families. Mind LA is dedicated to the service of providing early cognitive assessment to anyone over the age of 50, in an attempt to bring any early indication of the disease into light and help in delaying the inevitable. An early assessment often helps in delaying the onset of the disease and gives time to the patients and the families to take advantage of low cost health care resources, make safety and care plans and seek support to reconcile with the fatal disease and the slow and steady erosion of the mind, often lasting more than 10 years.
A new case of Alzheimer's develops every 66 seconds in the US; increasing to every 33 seconds by 2050. And yet more than half of the affected are unaware of their condition. Most people assign older age as the primary cause of early signs of cognitive impairment; consequently, the early signs of cognitive decline in older adults often go unreported or neglected. This results in a cycle of unawareness which only aggravates the suffering of the affected and their families.
An early cognitive assessment followed by a timely diagnosis is extremely important for the affected and their families to take advantage of early medical intervention and therapy trials, to help delay the onset at times or to make plans for future in other. An early assessment of cognitive decline and the knowledge of associated risk factors provides a significant leverage to every older adults above 50 yrs and their families. The power of knowing early is a crucial step to manage the deadly impact of this epidemic.
Alzheimer's early signs include difficulties in managing daily life activities, difficulties in remembering recent events, difficulty in speech and difficulty in grounding in the environment. Usually the patient, close family members, friends or colleagues notice these changes. Even though all or some of these signs might arise from other issues, the importance of these signs should not be underestimated. Learn about these signs and their importance.
'Triangle of Hope' embodies the essence of the first flagship project 'Take The First Step' of Mind LA. The three arms of the triangle are the tools with which Mind LA aims to bring changes to the community. These three arms are: 1. Assessment 2. Assistance and 3. Advocacy. By employing the Triangle of Hope Mind LA seeks to disrupt the exponential growth of Alzheimer's in the city of Los Angeles.
Mind LA is a nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California, committed to bridge the need gap of 'awareness' of ‘early cognitive assessment’ and provide free access to assessments and assistance to the underserved elderly communities of Los Angeles. Mind LA's fight is against this prevalence of 'unawareness' amongst the demographically high risk individuals. In order to do so, Mind LA has built a strong base of trained volunteers to administer tests and is in the process of building a pipeline of available resources for those who are in immediate need of urgent medical interventions.
1. Take The First Step deals with Alzheimer’s as an out-of-size health issue. Ubiquitous unawareness in older adults about the benefit of early cognitive assessment deprive many of timely assistance and caregiving. Take The First Step provides free access to early assessment to anyone over the age of 50.
2. Art and Anguish - This yet to be launched project is designed to build a platform to capture through art, music, films, photography and literature the extraordinary suffering of ordinary people affected by mental health diseases.