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RLTV screens Alzheimer’s film at Erickson campuses

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October 27th, 2009

In support of World Alzheimer s Day, which was Sept. 21, Retirement Living TV (RLTV) held a number of special screenings of its documentary Not Fade Away at Erickson retirement communities across the country. Not Fade Away is a half-hour documentary focusing on the personal side of Alzheimer s disease and its impact on families. Some of those events included: Henry Ford Village in Dearborn, Mich., hosted a screening followed by an informative question and answer session with Rhonda Beauford, a representative from the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer s Association. Monarch Landing in Naperville, Ill., screened the documentary, then welcomed Dr. Patricia Andrise, Ph.D, to lead a discussion with residents about Alzheimer s disease and the services available to patients and their families at nearby Hinsdale Hospital. Seabrook in Tinton Falls, N.J., planned a week s worth of events, including an Alzheimer s awareness walk, multiple guest speakers, and a special screening of Not Fade Away. Charlestown in Catonsville, Md., followed up a screening of Not Fade Away with guest speaker David Wasser who served as producer of the program. Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass., had a big Alzheimer s walk on the weekend and hosted two separate screenings of the program. Not Fade Away will air exclusively on RLTV throughout the month of November. RLTV is committed to addressing the important issues surrounding health care and aging, and Not Fade Away is an example of how we can bring these issues to light, says John Erickson, founder of RLTV. Upcoming Healthline episode focuses on Atrial fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (A-tre-al fi-bri-LA-shun), or AFib, is a problem with the heart s rhythm. An estimated 2.2 million Americans are living with AFib, a common heart condition in people over age 65. AFib is caused by a disorder in the heart s electrical system. Rapid, disorganized electrical signals in the heart s two upper chambers, called the atria (AY-tree-uh), cause them to contract quickly and irregularly (this is called fibrillation). Some people who have AFib may not know it. Some, however, have symptoms like palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, or confusion. AFib s impact AFib is associated with a five-fold increase in risk for stroke, worsens underlying cardiovascular disease, and doubles the risk of death. It also costs the nation an estimated $6.65 billion annually, much of which could be attributed to the increased use of hospital in-patient, emergency, and medical services by people with AFib. Doctors diagnose AFib using family and medical history, a physical exam, and a test called an electrocardiogram (EKG), which looks at your heart s electrical waves. AFib may be brief, with intermittent symptoms that end on their own, or it may be persistent and require treatment. With proper management of AFib, many people who have this condition can live normal, active lives. For some people, treatment (which may include medication or minor procedures) can return their heartbeat to a normal rhythm. For people who have permanent AFib, treatment can successfully control symptoms and prevent complications. This month, RLTV will take an in-depth look at AFib in a special episode of Healthline. Hosted by award-winning medical journalist Dr. Kevin Soden, the program will focus on how patients deal with the condition and explore some of the treatments available. The program will run throughout November. For more information, visit www.RL.TV. #michele.harris@erickson.com

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