June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. We want to take the opportunity to not only help raise awareness about this disease but also to show our support for all those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia or providing care. Read on to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects millions of people around the world.
Understanding Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, slowly causing deteriorating memory and thinking skills. It is a progressive disease and symptoms usually develop gradually over many years, becoming more severe with time. Eventually, it can affect a person’s ability to communicate effectively, recognise family and friends, and carry out simple tasks. This can affect a person’s ability to care for themselves independently. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the UK.
Who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease?
According to statistics, someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds. It’s estimated that approximately 44 million people in the world are currently living with dementia. This number is expected to rise, increasing to 135 million by 2050. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases with age. Most people living with the condition are 65 years or older, however, it can also affect those under the age of 65. This is called early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Is it Alzheimer’s or normal ageing?
While it’s natural for the brain to change with age and for a person to occasionally forget words or names, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of ageing. Here are some common signs that a person is living with Alzheimer’s:
- forgetting the names of close family and friends
- getting lost in familiar neighbourhoods
- repeating questions
- having difficulty planning or making decisions
- displaying problems with speech or language
- constantly losing things or misplacing them
- taking longer than normal to complete daily tasks
- experiencing trouble with handling money or paying bills
- displaying poor judgement
- behaving aggressively or displaying mood changes.
Show your support
We can all do our part to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and stand in solidarity with all those who have been affected. During June, we’ll be wearing purple to show our support for everyone with this progressive disease and we hope you’ll do the same.
If you can, we also encourage you to make a monetary donation to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We can also all continue to educate ourselves on what it’s like living with this disease and honour those who live with it or act as a caregiver.
Navigating the journey through Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is difficult for all involved. Please know that you are not alone and that there is support available. We offer specific dementia care services to support you or your loved one live a full, active and independent life for as long as possible.
Get in touch
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and could benefit from our dementia care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on 0161 929 6039. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions, provide more information, or support you in any way we can.