At some point, it’s likely that Alzheimer’s will affect someone in your life … a friend, a family member, perhaps even you. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that about a half-million state residents age 60 and older – roughly one out of every 10 Floridians in that age group – are likely to have Alzheimer’s. Since November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to raise awareness and become educated about the disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, representing the sixth leading cause of death in the country. This unforgiving cognitive condition affects an estimated 5.1 million Americans age 65 or older. It is also a terribly frustrating disease – experts are still unable to fully explain it, making Alzheimer’s the nation’s only leading cause of death that can’t be prevented, slowed, or cured.
If someone you know is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the best thing you can do is offer them support. The first step in this process is to find a dedicated caregiver. Professional caregivers are trained to provide a personalized support system, designed to ensure that those with Alzheimer’s remain as comfortable and independent as possible.
Throughout November, there are numerous ways you can get involved and help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. It can be as simple as joing with a group of friends or coworkers to wear purple, or sharing this blog post on social media – a great way to spark conversations about Alzheimer’s. If you wish to take a larger step toward raising awareness and helping educate the public, participate in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Such walks are located across the country, raising awareness and funds to advance research on the disease.
As Alzheimer’s becomes increasingly prevalent in Florida and the nation, awareness is more important than ever. Show your support by getting involved with a Walk to End Alzheimer’s or by participating in some other form of support for the Alzheimer’s Association or another organization near you!