Do you know anyone or are you caring for anybody in the family with Alzheimer’s?
Five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a disease that destroys brain cells and causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is now the sixth leading cause of death in America.
People with Alzheimer’s go through serious memory loss and may forget where they live or where they are going. Simple tasks such as using the telephone may become difficult. Their ability to communicate may be hampered, as they forget certain words. Alzheimer’s changes people’s personalities. Some become fearful, suspicious, and confused. But the most painful part is that one day, they may not recognize loved ones or remember good memories anymore.
As with breast cancer, there is still no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but one does not need to go through Alzheimer’s alone. Here are some things you can do for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this November:
- Write Congress. Our legislators need to be aware of Alzheimer’s issues.
- Educate those who have family members with Alzheimer’s on how to care for them, the legal issues that they may have to deal with, and health insurance services.
- Help children cope. Kids will find it difficult to understand why Grandpa suddenly becomes a different person, but that does not mean relationships should suffer. There are videos and literature available that will help them understand.
- Campaign for an increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research to delay its onset or, at best, find the cure. You can find a range of awareness-themed promotional items at Branders.com
- Support the work of Alzheimer’s advocacy groups. Your time or money will help them in their mission.
Find out how you can help. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association site.
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