Dr. Sandy Halpern DDS
MORE THAN ALZHEIMER’S
Alexander Sandy Halperin, DDS is a remarkable man with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and a vision. He is an Alumni Member of the National Alzheimer’s Association Early Stage Advisory Group and an Alzheimer’s Advocate who shares his insight on Alzheimer’s dementia from the inside out. Here is his story:
As you are aware, with my having early-stage Alzheimer’s, I am highly eager to continue to help raise awareness about the seriousness of Alzheimer’s in the US and around the world. I am also advocating to have Alzheimer’s funding on a par with other major diseases (and it is not). As you know, with the baby boomers (and with individuals living longer due to medical advances with other diseases) Alzheimer’s is expected to reach basically epidemic proportions in the coming years. Alzheimer’s is listed as the sixth leading cause of death in the US, but it is likely much higher because many physicians do not put it as the cause of death on death certificates – rather they say that the person died of a heart attack, cancer or stroke, Alzheimer’s is likely a much higher and very likely cause of death.
RAISING AWARENESS FOR ALZHEIMER’S
I want to do all that I can do to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, to help decrease the stigma or embarrassment that is often associated with the disease, and of course do all that I can do with our nations leaders to have them declare what I would call a “War on Alzheimer’s” to bring the funding up to be relatively equal to the funding that is made available for other major diseases, yet NOT to take any money for the funding for the research on those diseases.
SANDY HALPERN DDS VIDEO
Here is a video he and his beautiful daughter did together to raise awareness, to extend quality of life and to build hope for the future.
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH THE GIFT FOR OUR FUTURE
Florida State University Medical School is currently establishing an “Alexander ‘Sandy’ Halperin, DDS Alzheimer’s Research Fund” to help support the important and progressive Alzheimer’s research that is being done at the medical school. He is thrilled to be of assistance to the medical school and it helps to bring Dr. Sandy full circle back to his healthcare, research, clinical and academic roots that he enjoyed as a dentist (doing clinical work, research and teaching).
For everyone of us dementia incidence increases with age. Can you imagine what it would be like to forget not only your passwords, but how to turn the key in a lock or how to turn your computer on. You repeat things and not just old jokes, but the same questions and they never feel answered. Would this make you sad and afraid?
ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA MEDICATION IS NOT ENOUGH USED ALONE
The society we live in is harsh for those with dementia, medicines are temporary and although some interventions can help nothing stops the onslaught of neuro-degeneration. Much of communication is non-verbal and instinctively those with dementia sense they no longer fit. What if we could change this by changing not those with dementia but instead the society around them.
A NEW WAY OF SEEING OPENS WINDOWS OF FREEDOM FOR THOSE WITH DEMENTIA
Sometimes what is traditional or what we think about dementia is not what is best for those who are surviving this diagnosis and their loved ones. Dr. Jadad shares in this thought provoking video how we could make the world work and make life a kinder place.
DEMENTIA PERSON-HOOD MATTERS: LET RESEARCH HELP
Let us stop taking away patients person-hood by making illness their identity and let us value them so they can celebrate life. All people have value. Dignity, respect and inclusion are gifts we can share as patients, providers and medical professionals.