Every year, since 1983, we’ve been recognizing November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The idea behind it is to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s and to spotlight research aimed at finding a cure. Since 1983, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease has nearly tripled. So acknowledging and continuing research efforts is more important than ever. Here are a few facts about Alzheimer’s disease, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association:
- It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Caregivers provide an estimated 18.5 billion hours of care per year.
- Between 2000 and 2017, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 145%.
- 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
Perhaps you have participated in one of thousands of fundraising activities held across the country to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Involvement in these organizations is important to keep the forward momentum going and keep research on the cutting edge. Here are some things you can do to get more involved in supporting the fight for the cure, not only in November, but throughout the year.
- Identify the most useful resources. How can you stay current and up to date? The Alzheimer’s Association provides an entire library of articles, books and databases. You can get more information by visiting the Alzheimer's Association Green-Field Library.
A great place to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and get insight as well as support, is by visiting the Anthem Memory Care blog site. We cover a wide range of topics, from aging, to health to emotional strategies for coping with a loved one struggling with dementia. You can access the blog on our home page. Just scroll down to find the blogs.
- Consider taking part in the Alzheimer’s Association online community forum. This is an active online community where you can share your own experiences and learn from others.
- Join an Alzheimer’s Association chapter. They are located throughout the U.S. It’s easy to find your own local chapter. Here is the link.
- If you are struggling with an immediate issue, the Alzheimer’s Association has a free 24/7 Helpline which is run by experienced professionals. They are there to help address your issues as well as provide referrals.
At Anthem Memory Care communities, we believe in bringing awareness of Alzheimer’s disease every month of the year. Only by organizing and working together, can we make the progress necessary to forever putting an end to this devastating and debilitating disease.