According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.
Seniors with a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnoses may find it frustrating not to be able to participate the same way in activities they once loved. This feeling of frustration can grow particularly strong in the summer, with so many activities requiring exertion and mobility beyond the limits of someone with Alzheimer’s. In these cases, it’s more important than ever to find ways to help your loved one engage in activities and outings that bring them pleasure.
Although awareness of Alzheimer’s disease has grown, it often goes undiagnosed in its earlier stages. The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss and because the progression can be so gradual, early signs are frequently mistaken for normal side effects of aging. However, it is important to take any changes in cognitive capability seriously and report them to your loved one’s primary care physician or memory specialist.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s gives you more time to plan for the future. You can research and make decisions about your care and living options, explore treatment plans such as participation in clinical drug trials, and build a trusted network of social supporters and care providers. The chance to take these extra preparatory measures can be invaluable in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, helping to slow the progression of symptoms and prolong independence. In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we encourage you to take the time to learn these 10 warning signs so that you or a loved one can spot Alzheimer’s early.
October is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and in preparation we’re continuing our memory skills series with another set of strategies to help you keep your memory limber and active. Practicing these memory exercises on a daily basis will not only improve your memory skills, but will encourage you to pay more attention to how often your memory is successful all on its own. When you “catch your memory doing right,” take a moment to celebrate and feel grateful. Memories are precious, even the smallest ones, and the older we get the more we learn never to take them for granted.