Local Author and Elder Care Attorney Shares Practical Advice on Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease as Part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the disease and its growing impact around the world and in our local community. To help in the effort, David Wingate, a local elder care attorney, Alzheimer’s care expert and author, is making his two published books available for to those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
In his books, You’re Not Alone: Living with Alzheimer’s Disease and You’re Not Alone: Living as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Wingate shares his personal and professional experience with the disease, as well as must-have information to guide those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and to help their caregivers cope, prepare, and protect themselves. These short books are designed to be easy and quick to read, offer practical and important advice, tips, and strategies.
There are currently 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2050 that number is expected to jump to almost 14 million. In addition, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. – deadlier than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. The crisis isn’t limited to the U.S., however. It is estimated that nearly 50 million people worldwide are suffering from the disease, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Wingate believes a key strategy to raising awareness and managing the disease is practical and clear advice. “I’ve devoted my career as an attorney to helping people plan for their second half of life. And it troubles me to see people in my community devastated by the news of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. They often don’t know what to do next. Nobody is prepared for this type of news, even if they suspect a memory problem. Helping and guiding people is what I do each and every day. There is a lot of confusing information out there and my two simple and easy-to-read books offer critical ‘next step’ information,” says Wingate.
Local residents interested in obtaining copies of either book are invited to contact Wingate’s office at 301 663 9230.