June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month every year. This month is to start a conversation about Alzheimer's and other brain diseases. The Alzheimer’s Association has dedicated itself to raising awareness about this disease. As stated on their website, “Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer's Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer's, the more action we inspire.”
The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia or if they are the same thing. Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia. Dementia itself is not a specific disease, as the Alzheimer’s Association says, “It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.” Therefore, Alzheimer’s Disease falls under the category of Dementia because of the symptoms associated with it. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia, which explains the confusion that often comes along with these two terms.
Why Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is Important
As stated earlier, 50 million people worldwide are living with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer's. That is a very large number of people, so it is so important to spread awareness.
The Alzheimer’s Association Provides the following statistics:
- Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- 82% of primary care physicians say they are on the front lines of providing dementia care.
- Between 2000 and 2018, deaths from Heart Disease have decreased by 7.8% while deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 146%.
This further proves how important it is to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and offer support to all those affected by a form of Dementia.
How a Time Timer can Help a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease
Time Timer is a staple in creating routines and easing transitions for all ages. While caring for a person who is elderly with a form of dementia, the Time Timer can prove to aid in these daily routines. By providing a visual reminder of time, and remaining constant, the Time Timer can help bring relief and stability in everyday activities and tasks for someone suffering from memory loss. This blog post can offer some more tips on the benefits of a visual timer for someone who is elderly.
Offering Support During Covid-19
- Shop for a cure: Offer your support by shopping on the Alzheimer’s Associations website and rocking your purple gear!
- Walk to End Alzheimer: This year the walks to support Alzheimer’s might look a little different, but you can look up what volunteer opportunities they have in your community.
- Create a Tribute Page: This is a unique opportunity to honor those who have passed from a form of dementia and spread awareness.
- Share Resources: This is a page dedicated to supporting families affected by a form of dementia during Covid-19. Share this with anyone you know who could benefit from it.
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