Segment 1: Alzheimer's disease negatively affects a person's cognitive, emotional and behavioral functions, but what many don't realize is the negative effect it can have on someone's physical condition and strength. Consequently, improved physical conditioning for patients with Alzheimer's disease may extend their ability to remain independent and enhance their quality of life. In this segment, Salli Bollin, the Executive Director of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Heather Menne, PhD, a Research Scientist with the Benjamin Rose Institute, discuss exercise programs and Alzheimer's and dementia in general.
Segment 2: Almost 2 million Ohio family members, friends and neighbors provide long-term care services in Ohio that would cost Ohio taxpayers more than $14.2 billion each year if the state were paying the bill. Caregivers often are unaware of the availability of support services and as many as one in four has unmet needs. In this segment, Marikate Leavens, the Client Services Supervisor at Heritage Day Health Centers, summarizes resources for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease, and Patty Synder, one of the Ohio Department of Aging's 2009 Elder Caregivers of the Year, shares her personal perspective as a family caregiver.