World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
There are 35.6 million people in the world diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of dementia. It is a fatal disease that does not have a cure, prevention or a way to slow the progression of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It is the designated month where the world comes together to battle this disease and raise awareness. September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day. Purple is the color associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, so people take the opportunity to wear purple on September 21. It seems we all know someone who has Alzheimer’s or has a family member battling it. However, awareness and more funding is needed to try to find effective treatments and support for Alzheimer’s disease. It is the largest underfunded health threat we face.
The World Alzheimer’s Association and in the U.S., the Alzheimer’s Association, uses September to raise support, funds and educational experiences surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. It is imperative to educate people about the early warning signs and early deduction of the disease. The Alzheimer Association (www.alz.org) lists these 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or problem solving
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you notice any of these symptoms in your life or in someone you love, please call your doctor. For events and how you can help raise awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s Disease, please check out the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). If you need help caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or any other dementia, call Affinity Home Care Agency. We are here to help!