A pharmaceutical professional, Ellen Scharaga of Melville, NY, brings more than three decades of experience to her role of operational consultant for Alegria Specialty Pharmacy. Dedicated to public service, Ellen Scharaga supports organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).
The AFA aids individuals and families impacted by dementia. The organization focuses on educating the community about Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, to remove fear of the illness, promote early detection and proper treatment, and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disorder that attacks brain neurons in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. Destroyed nerve cells can result in loss of memory loss or thinking and language skills, or a combination of both. A person developing the disease may show signs of apraxia or aphasia. Symptoms of apraxia include the inability to carry out daily activities, such as brushing one’s teeth, using pre-programmed motor tasks. Aphasia causes a person to forget words and struggle with communication through speech. In more severe cases, a person may lose the ability to write or understand what is being communicated to him or her. Other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include amnesia (loss of memory) and agnosia (an inability to recognize objects).