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
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.
loss that disrupts daily life
in planning or solving problems
completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
with time or place
understanding visual images and spatial relationships
problems with words in speaking or writing
things and losing the ability to retrace steps
or poor judgment
from work or social activities
in mood and personality
If you or someone you know are suffering from
these symptoms, seek the opinion a healthcare professional.
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