Gear up for World Alzheimer’s Month!

Make plans now to show your support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Wear your purple during the Month of September and join in. 

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that alters behavior, deteriorates memory, and erodes cognitive function.  This incurable form of dementia is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but the research is ongoing. Treatments are currently available that have shown to be effective in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s if administered in the early stages of the disease.

Initial signs of Alzheimer’s disease vary from person to person, but some common early indicators include: short-term memory loss, impaired reasoning, trouble finding the right words, difficulty following a recipe, struggling with simple calculations, and forgetting important dates.

Individuals with Alzheimer’s can get lost in familiar surroundings and not know how they got there. They may get off track in the middle of a conversation and not know how to continue or they repeat themselves. Those suffering with Alzheimer’s can also experience drastic mood changes like bouts of depression, fearfulness, anxiety, and suspicion of family and caregivers.

Participation ideas:

  • Get involved with local Alzheimer’s support groups.  Provide refreshments and information on your company’s respite services and in-home support for those caring for Alzheimer’s family members at home.
  • Contact local civic groups that regularly host community meetings and volunteer to speak about Alzheimer’s disease detection and prevention. Hand out information on how your company can help.
  • Spread the word through your social media posts about the latest Alzheimer’s research such as diagnostic studies, prevention trials, and quality of life studies.
  • Commit to sponsoring a team into the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in your community. The walks raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research.

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