Updated: Apr 18
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is upon us! Today we shine a spotlight on the most common form of dementia - Alzheimer's Disease. Currently, there is no cure for this disease that affects nearly 5.4 million Americans, and the number continues to rise. While the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease, it also focuses on increasing support for caregivers and sharing available resources.
Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and, eventually, a person’s ability to perform even the simplest tasks, such as bathing, feeding, and dressing. It affects memory, thinking and behavior.
An Interesting Fact is that Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s).
The Alzheimer's Association is a wonderful organization and resource for those inflicted with this disease and for loved ones/caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline number is 800.272.3900 and they support people all throughout the United States.
Information & resources on Alzheimer’s disease can be found by visiting:
Alzheimer’s Association - www.alz.org
CDC-Alzheimer’s Disease and Health Aging https://www.cdc.gov/aging/index.html
CDC-Healthy Brain Initiative www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain
ASPE National Alzheimer’s Project Act https://aspe.hhs.gov/national-plans-address-alzheimers-diseaseexternal icon
As always we are here for you and your loved ones. Whether someone has advanced stages of the disease or has just been diagnosed there are planning options and considerations to think about. We look forward to having the opportunity to assist you in these times.