Alzheimer s Disease: Do You Know November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month?
It’s entirely possible that you know someone with Alzheimer’s Disease. The numbers of people affected is staggering.
The first person I knew diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease was an uncle. I remember him as a kind gentle man who was quiet and always immaculately dressed. Sadly, I also know what Alzheimer’s did to him as it stole his memories, judgement and eventually his personality. And how it hurt not only him but his family.
You probably know someone who was or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
This month is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in the United States. And I’ll be sharing some of the statistics about Alzheimer’s Disease this month. This is the first post in the series.
Every 69 seconds someone in the United States will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Wow! That’s close to one a minute. It translates to –
- Almost 21 a day…
- About 626 a month…
- Almost 7600 a year!
So the odds are high you know someone who has been or will be diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease. And you may not know how to help.
Is their caregiver struggling with taking them out to eat or to appointments?
Unexpected situations can be frightening to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia. And sometimes waiters, receptionists and others can make the situation worse without realizing it. They may be impatient – and even rude – when they don’t understand what’s going on.
Now you can discretely hand them a card explaining the situation, without alerting the whole room or embarrassing your companion. They’re called Alzheimer’s companion cards and they can be very helpful.
You might just make the caregiver’s job easier – even if you’re the caregiver!
To your healthy and happy caregiving,
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