MEDFORD, Ore.- June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and June 21st is The Longest Day. It focuses on raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans.
It is estimated that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors say an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can give access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to help families plan for the future. It also means spending time with family and friends before the disease progresses.
On The Longest Day, the Alzheimer’s Association asks that you talk to a friend or loved one that may be showing symptoms. Tips for how to start a conversation about Alzheimer’s include: having the conversation as early as possible, thinking about who’s best suited to initiate the conversation, practicing conversation starters, offering support and companionship, anticipating gaps in self-awareness, and recognizing the conversation may not go as planned.
New findings from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 76% of Americans expressed concern about offending family members by raising the issue. Also, 69% feared it would ruin their relationship with the person.
To learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and resources available for patients and caregivers, click here.