What to Know for Alzheimer's Awareness Month

By: Chase Encalade

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Over 5 million people here in the U.S. suffer from the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is defined by The Mayo clinic as “a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions”. 

Memories are sacred to us and they help us to hold dear these lives we live.

The first of the many symptoms of Alzheimer’s is the loss of memory. Without our memories we are isolated from the past. The tragedies brought on by Alzheimer’s tear apart lives every day. This month join the families of Alzheimer’s patients in making the world aware of this disease that steals so much from people. Over 80,000 Americans die from Alzheimer’s ever year. 

Very little is known about the disease and what causes it. Many factors including genetics, family history, age, and lack of exercise have all been linked to the ravaging disease. “The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) was signed into law in 2011. This law requires the development of a national plan to accelerate research toward treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's, and to improve care, services, and support to people with Alzheimer's, families and caregivers.” It is up to the next generations to fight off this life-altering disease. In our quest to make people more aware of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease here are the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.   

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life 

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems 

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure 

4. Confusion with time or place 

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships 

6.New problems with words in speaking or writing 

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps 

8.Decreased or poor judgment 

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities 

10. Changes in mood and personality      

If you or someone you know are suffering from these symptoms, seek the opinion a healthcare professional.

Chase Encalade is a Sophomore English for Corporate Communications major at Christian Brothers University and a staff writer at the Galleon.

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