Did you know that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month? According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), more than 5.5 million older Americans likely have this disease. You are probably aware that Alzheimer’s impairs a person’s memory and thinking skills, but did you also know that it’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States? This and other facts are available on the NIA’s website, including important details describing the signs and symptoms to watch for, information about treatment and much more. Also be sure to visit the website of the Alzheimer’s Association®, where you can learn more about the disease, discover how to take action and even share your own stories.
Read on for more information about Alzheimer’s and what you can do to raise awareness.
Many people think dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are one-and-the-same. Not exactly.
- Dementia is the general term for any progressive (and serious) decline in mental ability. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but other conditions can cause dementia too. Learn more from our friends at OSF HealthCare.
Catching Alzheimer’s early can improve a person’s quality of life.
- This article from Carle describes why annual screenings for dementia are important for older adults.
- Want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and the steps to take if you start noticing them? Check out this video from Riverside Healthcare.
Research suggests that certain lifestyle choices – such as eating healthy and keeping active – can provide certain benefits to brain health.
- Learn about strategies that might help defend your brain and central nervous system against dementia in this blog piece by Springfield Clinic.
Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can be both physically and emotionally tiring.
- The Alzheimer’s Association provides advice, help and resources for caregivers.
- Our friends at Memorial Health System answer common questions family members have.
- Caregivers need to learn the best ways of communicating with their loved ones who have dementia. This article from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System offers guidance.
- Just because your loved one has Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean he or she can’t live a physically and mentally rewarding life. Check out these tips from our friends at Reid Health about helping your loved one live a full life.
This month – and beyond – learn what you can about Alzheimer’s and become a resource for those around you. Together our communities can fight against this challenging disease.