According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 47 million people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. Because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages everyone to get involved and help raise awareness about this progressive illness. During the month of June, they ask you learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, share how it’s touched your life personally, and take action to promote awareness and research. The more people who know the facts about Alzheimer’s, the more action that can be inspired.
Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness – Knowing the Signs
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are often mistaken as the normal memory loss that tends to come with advanced age. Recognizing the common signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is key to getting an early diagnosis and treatment, which can help slow some of the symptoms. However, individuals may often be fearful of visiting their doctor when they start experiencing symptoms due to the stigma that is attached to a diagnosis.
As Alzheimer’s disease advances, the symptoms gradually worsen. Those “senior moments” of forgetfulness you or a loved one has been experiencing will turn into memory changes that disrupt daily life. Some individuals begin having more difficulty completing everyday tasks like driving to a familiar location or paying bills on time. They may often misplace items, or put them in the wrong spot, like setting a pair of glasses in the refrigerator. As the disease progresses, the individual will begin to rely on others more often for assistance with daily activities, until they’ve become completely reliant upon caregivers in the final stages, when speech and mobility become severely affected.
Go Purple with a Purpose this June
During the month of June, it’s time to shine a purple light for the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease awareness is represented by the color purple, and in June, thousands of Americans will turn their Facebook profile purple with an “END ALZ” icon.
Also hosted in June as part of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, on June 21, 2017, The Longest Day is celebrated across the country. This date is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and it’s a day dedicated to love – for loving all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Communities throughout the United States will be hosting a collection of events and activities on June 21 to honor those facing Alzheimer’s with strength, heart and endurance, all with the intention of raising much-needed funding and awareness for care and support of those with Alzheimer’s. The goal is to fund research that will finally allow for the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.
For a list of events at ASC centers promoting Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, please click here.
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