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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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Many people think that Alzheimer’s is just part getting older. Sometimes, it becomes comical when older people get forgetful. However, this is not funny because Alzheimer’s is not part of getting older. Instead, it’s a disease that needs to be prevented.

As a matter of fact, even those who aren’t that old can suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is not contagious nor inherited, it can still be epidemic in a way people are not aware how to avoid it. It is a lifestyle-based disease which can also be avoided by changing your lifestyle. There is more to teach about Alzheimer’s, and this is what Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months strives to achieve every year in June.

Ways to Participate in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months

Learn About Alzheimer’s

The most important thing you should do in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months is to learn everything about Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. You don’t have to wait for any scheduled seminar to do so. You can learn about it on your own for free by reading blogs, and other articles you can browse on the internet.

However, if there are some awareness seminars to be held in your local area, don’t hesitate to join and ask questions. You can also visit a specialist and ask about all that you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease.

Donate Cash

There are many organizations and associations that are actively helping people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain abnormalities. If you have some extra money, you can donate cash to any such organization. This is because most organizations that help and care for people with brain disorders depend upon the generosity of the public.

Teach Others About Alzheimer’s

If you are already knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, you can teach others in your own little way by telling your friends and relatives about the ways to prevent Alzheimer’s. You can also blog about it and share information to your social media following, so that more people will become curious and interested to learn about it, too.

Volunteer for Alzheimer’s Campaign

If you really want to go the extra mile in participating Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months, you can volunteer for the campaign and work with organizations or associations that propagate information.

Usually, campaign work for awareness month such as this involves organizing a series of seminars and forums. You can volunteer in any related associations or movement and help them organize or schedule such events. Along the way, you can also teach people more about Alzheimer’s.

Go Purple

Purple is the color of Alzheimer’s awareness campaign. You can dress yourself up with anything purple and encourage others to do the same. You may also go purple on your Facebook account by changing your theme to purple color.

In this way, many people will become curious about the color. Not only does it catch attention, but it also leads to explaining what it is all about. Why not go purple together with your family and friends?

There are many things to be learned about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and this can’t be discussed in just one sitting. This is why it should take a month to campaign for it.

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Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a person’s thinking and reasoning skills to slow down. This disease is much more than becoming forgetful once in a while. For most people the signs start out relatively minor, and over time, the symptoms begin to progress. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. People can experience one or more symptom and everyone will experience the symptoms to different degrees.

Memory Loss To the Extent That It Disrupts Your Daily Life

The most common sign of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. The memory loss associated with this disease is more serious than forgetting a dentist appointment or losing your keys once or twice. Most people with this disease forget things that they have recently learned. It is also not uncommon to forget dates and events. Finally, if you are constantly asking people to give you the same information again and again, it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s.

Trouble With Problem Solving and Planning

Many people with Alzheimer’s have trouble following plans. For example, if you are struggling to follow a recipe that you have made in the past, it could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. Also, if you are typically great keeping track of your bills and suddenly your bills aren’t getting paid, you should see a doctor. Finally, concentration problems are a very common sign.

Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks

Alzheimer’s makes it difficult for you to complete common tasks that you can usually handle everyday. Driving to familiar locations, handling normal tasks at work, and even remembering the rules to your favorite game can suddenly be difficult. As the disease progresses, you could start to struggle with using the microwave or turning on the television.

Confusion Regarding Time and Place

Alzheimer’s can make it difficult for you to understand time. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease believe that things from their past are occurring in the present. For example, you could be in the present, but think that things from your life 20 years ago are occurring now. It is very easy for a person with Alzheimer’s to get stuck in the past. It can also be easy for you to forget where you are. When you have figured out where you are, you can struggle to remember how you got there.

Trouble Understanding Visual Images

There are some Alzheimer’s patients who struggle with visual images. If you have trouble reading or judging distance, it is a sign of Alzheimer’s. Also, if you struggle to determine colors or contrast, it is also cause for concern.

Trouble Having a Conversation

If you have Alzheimer’s disease, it can be difficult for you to engage in a conversation with other people. In the middle of the conversation, you can forget what you were talking about, resulting in a long pause. Also, it is not uncommon to repeat yourself often. Finally, it can be difficult to find the right word for certain objects. When you cannot think of the right word, you may be tempted to make up a word for the object yourself. For example, if you cannot remember the name for a refrigerator, you might call it a cold box.

Frequently Misplacing Objects

A common sign of Alzheimer’s is misplacing things often. Many people with this disease will put things away in strange places. If you lose something and your loved ones ask you to retrace your steps, you might not be able to remember where you just were.

Alzheimer’s disease can effect your brain in many ways. A mind that was once clear can often become foggy and confused.

 

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months

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Many people think that Alzheimer’s is just part getting older. Sometimes, it becomes comical when older people get forgetful. However, this is not funny because Alzheimer’s is not part of getting older. Instead, it’s a disease that needs to be prevented.

As a matter of fact, even those who aren’t that old can suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Although this is not contagious nor inherited, it can still be epidemic in a way people are not aware how to avoid it. It is a lifestyle-based disease which can also be avoided by changing your lifestyle. There is more to teach about Alzheimer’s, and this is what Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months strives to achieve every year in June.

Ways to Participate in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months

Learn About Alzheimer’s

The most important thing you should do in Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months is to learn everything about Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. You don’t have to wait for any scheduled seminar to do so. You can learn about it on your own for free by reading blogs, and other articles you can browse on the internet.

However, if there are some awareness seminars to be held in your local area, don’t hesitate to join and ask questions. You can also visit a specialist and ask about all that you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease.

Donate Cash

There are many organizations and associations that are actively helping people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain abnormalities. If you have some extra money, you can donate cash to any such organization. This is because most organizations that help and care for people with brain disorders depend upon the generosity of the public.

Teach Others About Alzheimer’s

If you are already knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, you can teach others in your own little way by telling your friends and relatives about the ways to prevent Alzheimer’s. You can also blog about it and share information to your social media following, so that more people will become curious and interested to learn about it, too.

Volunteer for Alzheimer’s Campaign

If you really want to go the extra mile in participating Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Months, you can volunteer for the campaign and work with organizations or associations that propagate information.

Usually, campaign work for awareness month such as this involves organizing a series of seminars and forums. You can volunteer in any related associations or movement and help them organize or schedule such events. Along the way, you can also teach people more about Alzheimer’s.

Go Purple

Purple is the color of Alzheimer’s awareness campaign. You can dress yourself up with anything purple and encourage others to do the same. You may also go purple on your Facebook account by changing your theme to purple color.

In this way, many people will become curious about the color. Not only does it catch attention, but it also leads to explaining what it is all about. Why not go purple together with your family and friends?

There are many things to be learned about Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and this can’t be discussed in just one sitting. This is why it should take a month to campaign for it.

 

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Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

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It is normal that with age, elderly people tend to forget simple things that otherwise were very routine and common to them. When this starts to occur more frequently or more major things are forgotten (like where a person lives, the names of relatives, etc.) this can be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. This disease is devastating to those families that are affected as quality of life can quickly decline as more and more nerve cells die in the brain.

The Progression

Often beginning subtly and progressing slowly, Alzheimer’s disease is often blamed as just typical forgetfulness in the later years of life. As time progresses it often becomes obvious that there is a more serious problem going on. Driving a car, cooking, writing, reading and managing a household become far too difficult for a person to take on each day and confusion takes over. Later on when the person is very confused they may become anxious, paranoid or even violent. This is usually an indicator that professional help is needed and sometimes around the clock, full time medical care.

The Challenges

Many people need assistance with very routine and common tasks like bathing, cooking, feeding and using the bathroom. Of course this is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s and for many years early on after diagnosis, a person can live at home with a little bit of extra help from family members or friends.

The Signs And Symptoms

While some forgetfulness may just be signs of old age and are perfectly normal parts of aging, when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, there are some very common signs that typically present themselves. These include the following:

  • Having trouble remembering things both short term and long term.
  • Asking something repeatedly
  • Inability to complete basic math such as when paying the bills or buying something at the store.
  • Wandering away or getting lost.
  • Putting things away in incorrect or odd places.
  • Losing items.

As the disease progresses these symptoms are still present but the following signs begin to creep up as well:

  • Forgetting how to accomplish basic tasks such as brushing teeth or grooming oneself.
  • Confusion regarding time; such as getting generations mixed up, people, places, etc.
  • Forgetting the name of very common items that occur in every day life like an apple, a house, a car, etc.
  • Leaving home and forgetting how to get back or not remembering where one came from.

Diagnosis

When medical attention is required because the symptoms of potential Alzheimer’s disease are present, there are a number of things that a medical professional will do as part of an exam. This includes:

  • A thorough physical and check up.
  • Review family history, including family members who had Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Question a day in the life of the patient, including what kind of common tasks are easy and which are hard.
  • Speak with a family member who can explain what has been going on.
  • Have the patient answer some questions such as who the current president is, what the date is, simple math problems, counting, etc.
  • The final step is sending the patient for a brain scan that will show the current state of the brain and how it is functioning.

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have trouble remembering things and are not able to exercise good judgment. While the cause of the disease is not yet understood by scientists and medical professionals, it often affects adults that are over the age of sixty years old. In some situations, mild cognitive impairment is present but not due to Alzheimer’s disease. If you or someone you know and love is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, early intervention and treatment is key.

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