BrightStar Joins Fight Against Alzheimer's Through Partnership with the Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance

BrightStar Launches Alzheimer's Association Partnership Web Page to Educate Families

March 25, 2010 // // GURNEE, IL - BrightStar, a full-service home healthcare and medical staffing agency, recently announced their partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, and promoting their Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance (AEDA) relationship. Through the partnership, BrightStar has launched a partnership web page on their web site in an effort to serve as a resource for the millions of families needing information about this challenging disease.

According to the Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance, as many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's. Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's and it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. The alliance will help educate people nationwide about the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and the importance of early detection.

BrightStar is a full-service healthcare staffing agency that specializes in providing medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients such as hospitals and nursing homes. While senior citizens make up the majority of the company's private duty clientele, BrightStar also works with pediatric and worker compensation cases, long-term care and Veteran clients, as well as private trust and public guardian payers. BrightStar is also active in school nursing programs, retail health clinics and provides day care services. BrightStar works to provide quality care to Alzheimer's patients and their families.

"As a company that services seniors, we find it critical to educate families about the warning signs of Alzheimer's," said Shelly Sun, CEO and Co-Founder of BrightStar. "Early detection is our only management tool. Detection helps Alzheimer's patients and their families plan for the future, whether it is finding a caregiver, enrolling in clinical studies or investing in safety measures."

The partnership is allowing for BrightStar to launch a new partnership page on their web site that will feature games designed to stimulate the mind, and an "Ask an Expert" section that allows families to submit their question or call a hotline.

Many people struggle to determine if a behavior is a typical age-related change or if it is the first sign of Alzheimer's disease. To help, the Alzheimer's Association and BrightStar created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Every individual may experience one or more of these in different degreed. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.

  1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

About BrightStar

Based in Chicago, BrightStar is a full-service healthcare staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients. BrightStar's well-qualified, attentive caregivers provide peace of mind to clients and their families. They work to understand the needs of their clients and provide customized care to match them with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver who is compatible with their needs. BrightStar is one of the few home healthcare providers that offer both medical and non-medical homecare available to all clients 24/7.



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