Alzheimer’s Awareness Month — Have You Had Your Free Screening Yet?
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is celebrated in November. It is a time to create awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias by educating ourselves about the signs. It is also a time to help support the efforts to improve the lives of the more than 6 million individuals living with this condition.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, individuals are unable to carry out the simplest tasks. As the disease progresses, people with Alzheimer’s may also experience changes in behavior and personality. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are changes in:
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. Other diseases and conditions can also cause dementia, but Alzheimer’s is the most common cause in older adults. AD is not a normal part of aging. It’s the result of complex changes in the brain. These changes start years before symptoms appear and lead to the loss of brain cells and their connections.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
November is an opportunity for people to honor progress toward understanding and treating the disease while raising money for research and care. It also recognizes caregivers, families, clinicians, and the more than 6 million patients living with Alzheimer’s. Here are some ways you can get involved this month:
- Participate in a walk
- Take a picture of yourself and your friends wearing teal and post it on social media using the hashtag #WhyIGoTeal in your post.
- Create a fundraiser to raise vital funds needed for ongoing research efforts.
The Best Way to Celebrate
We may be a little biased, but if you’re experiencing memory issues, the best way to celebrate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is to get checked out. Wake Research Associates has ongoing memory loss studies at our Tucson, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Los Angeles, CA locations. We also offer free memory testing for anyone concerned about their memory or at risk for developing Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Click the links below to learn more today!