June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. It aims to raise awareness and encourage people to donate time or money to research and support.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that typically starts with mild memory loss, confusion, and difficulty with problem-solving. As it progresses, it can lead to more severe symptoms, such as the inability to communicate, recognize loved ones, and carry out basic tasks.
This article looks at what Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is and how people can get involved.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month aims to raise public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. The month is an opportunity to educate people about the signs and symptoms of the disease, the risk factors, and the importance of early detection and diagnosis.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month also promotes research into the disease’s causes, treatments, and potential cures. The month provides an opportunity to raise funds for research and support services for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month also seeks to reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. By raising awareness and understanding, people may be more compassionate and supportive of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The Alzheimer’s awareness ribbon is purple, representing the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and the hope for a cure.
The Alzheimer’s Association encourages people to wear the purple ribbon during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and other events to support individuals and families affected by the disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association also offers purple awareness bracelets, pins, and other merchandise featuring the purple ribbon.
Here are some ways to get involved in Alzheimer’s Awareness Month:
- Volunteer: Volunteering with an organization focused on Alzheimer’s disease can be a meaningful way to make a difference. Consider volunteering at a local Alzheimer’s Association chapter or another advocacy group to help raise awareness, provide support to families, or assist with fundraising events.
- Donate: Donating to organizations focused on Alzheimer’s research and support services can help fund research and help those affected by the disease. Consider making a one-time donation or recurring donation to support ongoing efforts.
- Participate in fundraising events: Many organizations host fundraising events to support research and awareness efforts. Consider participating in events such as walks, runs, or galas to show support and help raise funds.
- Spread awareness: Sharing information about Alzheimer’s disease can help raise awareness and reduce stigma. Consider sharing articles, personal stories, or resources on social media using the hashtag #ENDALZ.
- Prevalence: Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for
60–70%of all cases. It affects an estimated 6.5 millionAmericans aged 65 and over and could increase four timesby 2050.
- Symptoms: Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder impacting a person’s memory, thinking, and ability to carry out daily activities. Early symptoms may include forgetting recent events or conversations, difficulty with problem-solving, and confusion about time or place.
- Treatment: While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, medications and interventions can help manage symptoms and improve a person’s quality of life. Medications
includecholinesterase inhibitors and memantine.
- Risk Factors: Age is the main risk factor for Alzheimer’s. The risk
doublesevery 5 years after age 65. Other risk factors include genetics and head injuries. There may be a link between Alzheimer’s and certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Many organizations are available to support people affected by Alzheimer’s. They include:
- Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association provides support groups, education programs, and care consultations to help families cope with the challenges of the disease. To access these resources, visit alz.org or call their 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900.
- National Institute on Aging: The National Institute on Aging is a government organization providing information on Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related health topics. Their
websiteoffers information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, and resources for clinical trials and research studies.
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: This nonprofit organization offers a helpline (1-866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, support groups, educational materials, and a network of resources for Alzheimer’s care.
- Local senior centers: Many senior centers offer support groups and educational programs for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s. To find a local senior center, visit eldercare.acl.gov or call the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.
Read about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s here.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in June promotes understanding of the disease, its impact on individuals and families, and the importance of early detection and diagnosis. People can wear a purple ribbon to show their support.
The campaign includes fundraising, educational events, and advocacy efforts to support research and care for those affected by the disease. The aim is to reduce stigma, improve support, and ultimately find a cure for Alzheimer’s.