November: National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

In 1983 President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month . At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time.
  • Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.

10 common warning signs of Alzheimer’s:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgement
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood or personality

Donate to Alzheimer’s Research or any of the other Community Health Partner Charities through our giving portal.

2018-10-29T16:18:51+00:00