Give Back and Share Knowledge
November is here, which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Although it’s easy to get caught up in fall festivities, it’s important to remember that November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s affects families and communities across the country, with an estimated 6.5 million people currently living with this condition.
While Alzheimer’s is most commonly associated with memory loss, it’s actually a complex, progressive condition that can affect both cognitive and physical abilities. National Alzheimer’s Disease Month helps to build awareness about the full scope of the condition and to educate the public about how to improve the quality of life for those affected.
Although our brains go through natural changes as we age, it’s worth recognizing that Alzheimer’s dementia is not a normal form of aging. Talking to a healthcare provider early on can help caregivers plan ahead and understand how the condition may progress.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease tends to progress in three stages:
How to Be a Supportive Caregiver
When caring for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s, there are a number of ways that you can help them feel reassured and comforted. Here are a few tips to consider:
Sharing Knowledge/Building Awareness
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, research continues towards developing new treatments and methods of care to help diagnosed individuals live life to the fullest. This November, take the opportunity to educate yourself and others on this disease as you reflect on how much your loved ones mean to you. The more you spread awareness about Alzheimer’s, the better advocate you can be for those who are living with it!