Currently, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and as many as ten million family caregivers*. Since its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association has made great strides in the fight against this devastating disease. What started as National Alzheimer’s Disease Week became Alzheimer’s disease Awareness Month, which is recognized each November.
During November, those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease are recognized and their caregivers at home or in Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities are honored. National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is a time for organizations, governments, and individuals to pledge or renew their commitments to research that is improving treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. It is the hope of these supporters that one day Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented altogether.
How can you show your support for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, their loved ones, and their caregivers? Consider supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s disease during Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month by doing one of the following:
- Become an Alzheimer’s Advocate through the National Alzheimer Advocate Network
- Write a letter to Congress
- Make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association
- Offer your support to caregivers you know
Many people who struggle to live on their own as a result of Alzheimer’s disease live in Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities. Caregivers in these facilities help residents perform daily activities in a safe and pleasant environment with familiar surroundings. They ensure to residents that their lives have a meaning and offer activities that encourage their skills.
Brookdale Senior Living offers options for those who are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. Consider learning more about our Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities near you.
*2010 Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp#key (visited January 20, 2011).
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