Alzheimer’s Awareness: Why it Matters and What You Need to Know

Sinceri Alzheimers Awareness Why it Matters and What You Need to Know

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to learn about and fight back against this devastating disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2024 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Infographic, right now, almost 7 million Americans are living with the disease and while deaths from heart disease have gone down by 2.1%, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 141%. Today, Alzheimer’s is responsible for the deaths of more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

But there is hope. Research is underway throughout the world to find the cause(s), develop treatments and therapies and ultimately find a cure. To join this important cause and help to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, take a look at all the ways to get involved right now.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia

Knowledge is key to winning the war against Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia and there are many excellent sources of information for people of all ages to learn and help raise Alzheimer’s awareness.

Information for children: When an older adult has Alzheimer’s or dementia it can be very confusing for children to understand. Loss of memory and behavioral changes may frighten or worry kids who just want to understand what’s wrong with grandpa or grandma. To help children, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of options suitable for kids and teens including books, videos and links on their “For Kids” webpage.

Information for distinct populations: Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone, but different populations face different challenges. The Alzheimer’s Association offers support and information to raise Alzheimer’s awareness in the LGBTQ community, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Black Americans, Veterans, and Native Americans.

Download our free ebook, “Just the Facts: Your Guide to Memory Care”.

Information for families and caregivers: According to the Alzheimer’s Association more than 11 million unpaid Americans are involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. To help them and their families raise Alzheimer’s awareness, several sources of information are available including:

How you can make a difference

Fundraise: The most direct way to support Alzheimer’s awareness and research is to raise money for the cause. Millions of dollars are donated annually by businesses and organizations who organize fundraisers but even small contributions can help. For example, make the most of “The Longest Day” on the Summer Solstice to join friends and family for a benefit golf outing, bake sale, or other fundraiser.

Donate: On a smaller scale simply donate directly or participate in one of the many Walk to End Alzheimer’s events across the country.

Volunteer: Another excellent way to help raise Alzheimer’s awareness is to volunteer with an organization like:

Join a clinical trial: Healthy people may not consider joining a clinical trial but they should. Researchers need healthy people and caregivers of all ages as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease to step up and join the cause. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, clinical trials are second only to funding when it comes to continuing research because they are both mandatory and difficult to sustain. To better understand what clinical trials are and are not, the article, “Clinical Trials: Myths vs. Facts,” is a great resource. To find a clinical trial that fits, try the Alzheimer’s Association’s Trial Match.

Be a voice for the cure

Go purple: Being a part of finding a cure and raising Alzheimer’s awareness can be as simple as wearing purple, flying a purple flag, or toting a purple blanket to the park. For a full range of ways to go purple check out the Alzheimer’s Association’s Shop All page.

Social media: Another way to raise Alzheimer’s awareness is to join the Go Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month Facebook page, and/or download the “Go Purple in June Combined Toolkit” for an extensive list of social media posts for X (Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook as well as other tips.

Share stories: For those living with Alzheimer’s themselves or with a loved one or those who would like to honor someone they lost to Alzheimer’s or dementia sharing your story and photos on Instagram or X using the hashtag #ENDALZ can raise awareness and help others better understand the disease.

Take care of your brain: Last but not least, use the occasion to set a good example and start taking care of your brain to minimize the risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Find out how on the “Healthy Brains” website.

Sinceri Senior Living welcomes volunteers to spend time with our memory care residents. Contact us to learn more and schedule a tour. Download our free guide, “Just the Facts: Memory Care” for more information about senior living memory care communities.
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