Learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease in honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness MonthBack to Blog Home
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. As of 2017, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers are growing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association by 2050 that number could rise as high as 16 million.
This has huge affects on our communities, both on the person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caretakers. As a part of this awareness month we’d encourage you to learn a little bit more about Alzheimer disease and how it affects those living with it as well as their caregivers.
First, take some time this month to review the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. The warning signs can often be confused with normal aging, so it’s important to learn the difference between what is normal and what is a sign of something much more serious. Early detection can make a big difference for a person living with Alzheimer’s Disease and it just might help you better understand the disease.
Here are the 10 warning signs to look for from the Alzheimer’s Association:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
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 judgement
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Second, do a little research. The Alzheimer’s Association website has a wealth of information and resources to help you navigate through a disease that affects everyone it touches very differently.
Next, become a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is a one-hour information session where participants learn five key messages about dementia and a little bit about what’s it’s like to live with Dementia. You can find out more about the 10 warning signs and communications techniques as well.
You can contact Christine Nessler from Freedom Home Care, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.387.4663 to set up a Dementia Friends information session for your church group or civic organization.
Finally, find out how you can get involved in your community! Locally we have the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer’s committee working hard to make our communities more Dementia Friendly. You can learn about what the group is doing to make a difference as well as how to get involved on our ACT on ALZ website.
By: Christine Nessler, Freedom Home Care, LLC