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We are Here to HelpAre you looking for help in taking care of a frail, dependent older adult or a loved one with a brain impairing condition such as Alzheimer's, stroke, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, ALS, MS or traumatic brain injury? ICRC is here to help you. Since 1985, ICRC has been helping families, friends and caring professionals living in Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties master the challenges of caregiving.

Inland Caregiver Resource Center is a non-profit corporation and is part of a statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers with grant support from the California Department of Mental Health.Are you looking for help in taking care of a frail, dependent older adult or a loved one with a brain impairing condition such as Alzheimer's, stroke, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease, ALS, MS or traumatic brain injury? ICRC is here to help you. Since 1985, ICRC has been helping families, friends and caring professionals living in Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono Counties master the challenges of caregiving.

Alzheimer's Disease...

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurological condition in which the nerve cells in the brain die. The onset of AD is typically gradual, and the first signs of it may be attributed to old age or ordinary forgetfulness. As the disease advances, cognitive abilities, including the ability to make decisions and perform everyday tasks, are eroded, and personality changes and difficult behaviors may emerge. In its later stages, AD leads to dementia and eventually death.

Facts
An estimated four million people nationwide have been diagnosed with AD. Alzheimer's disease is most common in individuals who are over 65; however, it can also occur in people much younger. The incidence of dementia increases rapidly beyond age 65. In 1998, the percentage of older persons with moderate or severe memory impairment ranged from about 4 percent among people aged 65-69 to about 36 percent among people aged 85 or older. AD is the ninth leading cause of death among those aged 65 and older.

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Brain Tumors...

Definition
A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue which results from the excessive multiplication of cells. A tumor that originates in the brain is called a "primary" brain tumor. Primary brain tumors may be either benign or malignant. These tumors very rarely, if ever, metastasize (spread to other parts of the body). Metastatic brain tumors begin as a cancer elsewhere in the body then spread to the brain.

Facts
According to the North American Brain Tumor Coalition, the estimated number of new cases of primary brain tumors diagnosed each year is approximately 40,000. Some research indicates that the number of primary brain tumors are rising, particularly in the elderly. Primary malignant brain tumors represent 2.4 percent of all deaths due to cancer in the U.S. However, nearly half of all primary brain tumors are benign and can be successfully treated.

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Strokes...

Definition
Stroke is an injury to the brain caused by an interruption of the brain's blood supply. Strokes may be caused by:
  • Thrombosis: A gradual narrowing and eventual blockage of a brain or neck artery, usually from the accumulated build-up of cholesterol and fatty deposits. Approximately 60% of all strokes are caused by thrombosis.

  • Embolism: A blockage of a brain or neck artery by a clot or "embolus." Clots can be blood clots which form elsewhere in the body (usually the heart) and travel to the brain, or they can be small pieces which break off of fatty deposits lining the arteries. Approximately 20% of all strokes are caused by embolism.

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Parkinsons Disease...

Definition
Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease of unknown etiology.Parkinson's patients often exhibit a "shuffling" gait, tremor of the limbs when they are at rest, increased resistance to passive movement, stooped posture, and stiffness.Some individuals also experience cognitive impairment/dementia.A deficiency of dopamine, an important chemical transmitter in certain brain cells governing movement, balance and walking, is considered responsible for the primary disease symptoms.

Facts
It is estimated that Parkinson's disease affects 1 to 1.5 million people in the United States.Most commonly striking people over the age of 50.However, Parkinson's can affect people even before age 40.Approximately 10 percent of Parkinson's cases are estimated to be young-onset.

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Huntingtons...

To get more information on Huntington's Disease, please click the link below.

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