According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects nearly 6 million Americans and is one of the top leading causes of death in the United States alone.
That’s why, on September 21 of every year, Alzheimer’s organizations focus on raising global awareness and challenging common assumptions surrounding Alzheimer’s disease on World Alzheimer’s Day
World Alzheimer’s Day birthed World Alzheimer’s Month nearly seven years ago to give organizations more time to start campaigns aimed at raising awareness. Even with the increasing amount of global knowledge, misinformation and stigmas regarding the disease remain quite high.
Studies have shown that two out of three people have little to no understanding of Alzheimer’s. Most think it is a natural process of aging and only affects those 65 or older; however, Alzheimer’s can affect those younger as well. Here are some early warning signs of Alzheimer’s to watch out for.
Another misconception is that aspartame or the flu shot cause Alzheimer’s disease, but both are just theories with little scientific research to support them.
Alzheimer’s isn’t completely hereditary. So just because someone in your family has Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean you will as well. There are many other factors that affect your risk of acquiring the disease.
World Alzheimer’s Day has helped with bringing funds for more research and awareness regarding the disease.
From testing medications to combat this condition to research into best care practices and more, World Alzheimer’s Day has helped raise awareness and has paved the way for progress to be made in finding a cure.
RELATED CONTENT: Sensory Stimulation And Alzheimer’s: The Benefits
There are many ways to participate in World Alzheimer’s Day, including:
It can be overwhelming to hear that your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Here are some tips on how to manage the diagnosis:
All of our memory care communities at Independence Village are licensed and secure with specially trained staff and sensory stimulation to assist with the challenges of memory loss and ensure our residents' well-being.
Find an Independence Village community near you for more information on our memory care communities.