Alzheimer’s is an incredibly serious and currently irreversible form of dementia that worsens over time. Among other symptoms, patients often have problems with memory, general behavior, and reasoning. Discovered over a century ago by Dr. Alois Alzheimer, it is the most common form of dementia, affecting over 40 million elderly patients worldwide. Although preliminary treatments to help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s have been found, a true cure has yet to be discovered.
Alzheimer’s eventually leads to death. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States alone – and that number continues to rise as more and more people are diagnosed. Early intervention is very important and can help those suffering live a happier life despite their condition. The aforementioned treatments to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s can help to give patients years of their life they may not have had otherwise, so long as the condition is caught early. Keep an eye out on your elder relativities in particular, and inform someone right away if you notice them suffering from short-term memory loss (one of the earliest signs), confusion, or personality/mood changes.
Since 1983, November has been Alzheimer’s awareness month. The more people that we get talking about the issue, the more money that we can raise for the funding and treatment of Alzheimer’s. There are often many walks and events that you can participate in to help raise donations during and leading up to the month of November. You can even go a step further and volunteer to help Alzheimer’s patients directly at an elderly care center. Take action, participate, and/or donate today and help take action against this terrible condition!