Thankful Thursday : Health

Thanks for joining me this Thursday for Thankful Thursday . My weekly post about things I am Thankful in my life. Today it’s all about Family and Health. We are all healthy and came through COVID without a problem. We have been blessed!

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. NATIONWIDE — Each year, Americans recognize November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

My Mom passed away last year after dealing with many health problems and one was Alzheimer. A disease that has No cure and very difficult to deal with for family and caregivers. We were blessed with help us take care of her. Today I am thinking of her as she like me is a November baby.

Thank You! to all care givers. And a big Hug to all family members dealing with this… Lisa

When President Ronald Reagan designated it as such in 1983, there were less than 2 million people known to be suffering from disease. As of 2020, more than 8.5 million Americans are living Alzheimer’s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive brain disorder that effects memory, thinking and language skills, and the ability to carry out the simple tasks. It is the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. While Dementia is commonly thought to be a disease, it is really just a term that is used to describe symptoms such as loss of memory, judgment and other intellectual functions. However, Alzheimer’s Disease can cause dementia. 

Scientists are still unsure of the exact causes of the disease, but advanced age and a person’s genetics are some of the well recognized risk factors.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (ALFA) says common symptoms include:

  • Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, places and other new information
  • Confusion about time and place
  • Struggling to complete familiar tasks such as brushing one’s teeth
  • Trouble finding appropriate words, for example in a sentence
  • Difficulties in judging situations
  • Changes in mood and personality

There is no known cure for the disease. Currently, the best medical science can offer is disease management in order to help patients and their caregivers improve quality of life.

How to Observe World Alzheimer’s Month

  1. Get involved. Many Alzheimer’s organizations offer toolkits with which you can help spread the word. …
  2. Make a donation. There are several ways to contribute to Alzheimer’s groups. …
  3. Volunteer at an Alzheimer’s event.

Find a Walk near you:

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

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