Raising Awareness For World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month And Day
Each year, the month of September is dedicated to World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, with special observances and events scheduled for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on September 21st. Unless someone in your family or a loved one has experienced living and caring for someone with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, chances are you are not aware of the devastation this illness brings. The devastation is widespread and affects not only the one with the diagnosis but every member of the family as well as friends and relatives.
As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s now affects roughly 6 percent of people 65 and older. In the U.S. there are more than 6 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. By the year 2050 the number of people projected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is 13 million. Most people think it is simply part of aging. However, it is not, and it doesn’t just affect the elderly. In fact, there are more than 200,000 people under the age of 60 diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. And while scientists still don’t know what causes the disease, they suspect it’s a combination of many factors. What makes Alzheimer’s so devastating is that the disease affects parts of the brain that control memory, thought, and language.
Becoming more aware of the Alzheimer’s warning signs is one way to take a step toward helping the cause. There are 10 warning signs that if you experience them in yourself or observe them in a loved one, may be helpful in getting an early diagnosis and early treatment. It’s important to recognize the differences between typical age-related changes and the signs of Alzheimer’s. You can see the differences between the two here: https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs
To find out more about World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and ways to get involved in raising awareness, visit your local Alzheimer’s Association, or click here: https://nationaltoday.com/world-alzheimers-day/
More importantly, establishing an estate plan before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia is critical for making sure that you are cared for according to your wishes. I work with many clients in the early stages of dementia to help get their estate plans in order. Give my office a call at 404-370-0696 and let us help you prepare for the best possible outcome.