Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month 2021

June 21, 2021
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Worldwide, there are nearly 50 million people currently living with Alzaheime’s and other dementias. During the month of June, the Alzheimer’s Association declares Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, with the goal to raise awareness about this neurodegenerative disease. The Alzheimer’s Association works to show support for the millions of people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and to recognize their caregivers for the support they provide. 

At Azalea Homecare we understand that one of the first steps in raising awareness is educating people.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that destroys the brain’s nerve cells and tissues, it can cause memory loss, diminished cognition, and the inability to plan. It can also render the patient unable to speak, recognize loved ones, control their behaviors, or take care of themselves.

Statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 60% to 80% of dementia patients have Alzheimer’s. The condition most often affects seniors aged 65 and older and in the cases when it is identified in younger patients, it is known as early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Besides Alzheimer’s, other types of dementia include:

  • Parkinson’s

  • Traumatic brain damage

  • Other conditions with similar symptoms

There are 10 warning signs and symptoms that the Alzheimer’s Association encourages us to keep an eye out for. If you notice any of them, please don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2.Challenges in planning or solving problems

3.Difficulty completing familiar tasks

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 judgment

9.Withdrawal from work or social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality

There are many benefits of getting checked early, like determining if the symptoms you are experiencing are due to Alzheimer’s or some other condition. Discovering concerns early on allows room for a healthy future. If Alzheimer’s is the cause, an early diagnosis allows you:

  • Access to treatment options.

  • An opportunity to participate in clinical trials.

  • A chance to prioritize your health.

  • Cost savings – early diagnosis saves costs of medical and long-term care

*Source: Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.

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