Every June, the Alzheimer’s Association reaches out to encourage everyone to focus on spreading awareness and involvement in the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease. Our own Anthem Memory Care communities are actively involved in local activities and walks.
So, regardless of whether Alzheimer’s has touched yours or a loved one’s life personally, it’s important to be informed, spread awareness, and get involved.
First, know the facts.
Here are some basics about Alzheimer’s disease to share with your friends and loved ones:
- It is very common. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
- Almost 2/3 of individuals with Alzheimer’s are women.
- A diagnosis requires a series of tests and evaluations by a physician.
- Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease. Each year 1 in 3 Americans die of the disease.
- While there is no cure, medications are available that can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, if caught in the early stages.
- The Alzheimer’s Association lists 10 warning signs that may indicate Alzheimer’s.
- The disease doesn’t just impact memory and cognition. It also impacts behavior and, ultimately, physical health.
Now it’s time to get involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association has all kinds of ways to connect with your local Alzheimer’s resources and action groups and do your part to spread awareness. Here are three to get you started:
- Go to the Alz.org website and learn more about how you can get more involved.
- Join a Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
- Find your local chapter and participate in local activities and fund-raisers.
Finally, feel free to reach out to any of our communities.
Many of our team members have personally experienced Alzheimer’s within their own families. We understand the challenging journey you and your loved one are taking. And we’re here to help!