The Alzheimer’s Association invites the world to commemorate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month every June. The month aims to raise awareness for the more than 55 million people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia worldwide.
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a degenerative brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. The top signs of Alzheimer’s include:
- Memory loss that starts to disrupt daily life and difficulty completing everyday tasks
- Challenges with planning or problem-solving
- Confusion with time or places
- New problems speaking, writing, or understanding
- Decreased judgment and reasoning skills
- Sudden isolation and/or withdrawal from work or social activities
- Mood and personality changes
There are several simple ways you can get involved this Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, including:
- Wearing purple — the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement
- Celebrate The Longest Day by participating in a fundraising activity, such as a walk, run, hike, cycling, or any other activity. On June 21, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through a fundraising activity of their choice.
- Share photos and stories on social media using the hashtag #EndAlz
- Please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association to help them continue accelerating critical research and providing 24/7 support to those affected by the disease.
Hospice and Palliative Care Can Help
As Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, it can start to overtake the lives of both patients and their families. That’s where hospice and palliative care come in. These services take some of the burdens of caregiving off the families while providing medical, spiritual, and physical help and care to patients and their families. Hospice and palliative care can help relieve pain, control symptoms, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. These services also offer end-of-life planning help, grief counseling, and bereavement services. Contact us today to learn more.