November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Currently, more than 5 million people live in the United States with Alzheimer's disease. This number is expected to reach 16 million by 2015 .

In honor of National Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Center for Total Health would like to highlight its exciting new round of mental health and wellness. The visit offers insight to a wide range of people whose health is affected by varying degrees of mental health issues or concerns, including Alzheimer's disease, which is the [6e] main cause of deaths in the United States .

Personalities in Mental Health and Wellness present Kaiser Permanente and other innovative programs that demonstrate the importance of integrating mental health care into your daily health. Guests have the opportunity to see examples of resources on mental health and wellness in various scenarios, ranging from the community as a whole to the classroom and workspace. For those who are particularly worried about a loved one likely to present the first signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, our visit identifies potential resources that might be helpful.

We have already begun preliminary visits for the Mental Health and Wellness Tour at the Center. If you want a preview, be sure to schedule an hour to see the content currently under development. You can also take a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the tour here . At the Center, we work with various departments of Kaiser Permanente to destigmatize mental health issues, particularly those related to 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 – offer healthy dining options and can be customized to incorporate interactive exhibits that make the Center for Total Health experience fun and informative for the participants. If your organization wishes to organize an event, please send us an Event Request via our website. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Image: Rosemary, caregiver and wife of Leo (in the background), worried about his oversight and the fact that it is a sign of dementia or more. Come take a walk and hear their story.

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