September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and is therefore an ideal time to provide information and increase awareness about this disease that plagues 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth-leading cause of death. Being educated about Alzheimer’s not only allows for informed decisions but also enables early identification of the disease to assist in preparation and planning.

We pulled some helpful information from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America that can provide a better look into what to expect, thoughts on managing the disease and latest research regarding treatment.

According to AFA, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells; resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. It is most common in people aged 65 and older and is not a normal part of aging.

Common warning signs that your loved one may be experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Memory loss of recent events, names, placement of objects, or other new information.
  • Confusion about time and place.
  • Abnormal struggle to complete familiar tasks such as getting dressed or brushing teeth.
  • Poor judgment when making decisions.
  • Increased suspicion, frequent mood swings, or disinterest in usual activities.

If some of these signs are present in your loved one, remember Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging and it is crucial to distinguish these common signs rather than blame them on natural forgetfulness.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and unfortunately worsens over time. Although there is no current cure, treatment for specific symptoms are available and research continues in the hope of finding a future cure.

The Alzheimer’s Association is asking for your support and “Go Purple!” throughout the month of September. You can make a difference by wearing purple on Sept. 21 and browsing their site to read diagnosis stories and sharing your own.


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