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Observing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer's and brain awareness month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which promotes understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, its effects on patients and their families, and the importance of early diagnosis. More than 55 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. While there is no cure for these progressive conditions, we now have many therapeutics and tools to improve the outlook and quality of life for people diagnosed with these illnesses.

What Causes Alzheimer’s?

Researchers have identified characteristic brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia – specifically, the formation of amyloid plaques and tau tangles. These result in a loss of neuron connections that affect a person’s memory, decision-making skills, and ability to live independently.

While we do not know for certain why some people develop dementia and others do not, a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors can increase the possibility. Additionally, age is the most significant risk factor. According to statistics from the National Institute on Aging, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease doubles about every five years beyond age 65. About one-third of all people aged 85 and older may meet the criteria for a dementia diagnosis. However, a rare form of familial Alzheimer’s can affect people as young as their 40s and 50s.

Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

With age, most people notice some slowed thinking and issues with recall. However, pronounced memory loss, confusion, and disorientation may signify that brain cells are failing.

As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain, it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including:

  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Trouble following directions or doing familiar tasks such as cooking
  • Worsening forgetfulness and confusion about events, times, and places
  • Baseless paranoia or suspicions
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking

People with dementia may not recognize these problems in themselves, which is why it’s essential to be observant. You might want to keep a journal of your loved one’s symptoms to discuss with a physician. Only a qualified health provider can arrive at an official dementia diagnosis after conducting a series of physical and cognitive exams.

Fighting Alzheimer’s Stigma

Despite all the progress we have made in treating Alzheimer’s and slowing its progression, stigma and misconceptions about this illness are still prevalent. Sadly, a lack of public awareness of dementia can prevent people from seeking a diagnosis, benefiting from early interventions, finding resources, and making plans that enable them to lead longer, healthier lives.

People who understand what Alzheimer’s and dementia entail can be more compassionate toward their loved ones with these difficult diagnoses, treating them with the respect and dignity they deserve and striving to make their lives as comfortable as possible.

Personalized Homecare Services for Your Family

At Legacy Homecare LA, our mission is to change the way the world sees aging in place. We know that staying in familiar, comfortable surroundings can significantly improve the prognosis for people living with Alzheimer’s, and our dedicated team makes that goal a reality for our clients every day. Our highly trained Care Companions know how to manage the daily challenges that arise with dementia, and they will help your loved one with responsibilities such as dressing, bathing, eating, housework, and medication reminders.

If you are ready to learn more about what we offer and how we can benefit your loved one, please connect with us today.

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