Memory Care: June Is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that affects millions of Americans each year. Although there is currently no cure, one way to make a difference is to spread awareness. This June marks Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month, and it’s the perfect opportunity to discuss one of the least understood leading causes of death and disability in the country.
As a senior living community in Los Angeles providing memory care services, Garden of Palms recognizes the importance of spreading awareness and education regarding Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the things you can do to get involved.
Alzheimer's Care: What You Need to Know
When it comes to Alzheimer’s, the earlier the diagnosis, the better. Early diagnosis maximizes treatment and slows progression of the disease while allowing time to plan for future care and financial matters. That said, many people avoid seeking help due to fear or stigma. It’s also common to struggle with denial or be unable to see symptoms in yourself.
Although it’s difficult to have these conversations, these issues highlight the necessity of discussing the possibility of Alzheimer’s with your loved ones. For example, you can talk about how to approach the subject if symptoms are noticed and develop a plan for how to handle it if the situation arises. These steps help to fight stigma and encourage those affected to seek help if it becomes necessary to do so.
Knowing the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s is essential, as is staying up-to-date about the latest research. We now know that Alzheimer’s begins to develop in the brain decades before the onset of any symptoms. As detection methods become more sophisticated and allow for earlier diagnosis, doctors may soon be able to treat Alzheimer’s before it causes severe damage or even develop ways to prevent the disease entirely.
Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, and it’s estimated that almost 14 million people in America will be living with the disease by 2050. With prevalence rapidly increasing, it’s more important than ever to discuss Alzheimer’s with your loved ones, stay informed of the latest research, and be aware of symptoms and prevention strategies.
At Garden of Palms, we provide a warm and secure environment for those living with memory loss as part of our comprehensive memory care program. If you are looking for a senior living community with memory support for yourself or a loved one, please reach out to us today.