The month of November is designated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death for all adults and the fifth leading cause of death for adults age 65 and up. In the early stages, people experience some memory loss which progresses to marked memory loss, then to a decrease in thinking ability such as decision making. Later the disease leads to the loss in the ability to perform activities of daily living or recognize loved ones.
In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association uses the month to honor all the family, friends, and caregivers of those with the disease. Leave a tribute message and find support information at //www.alz.org/honor/honor.asp.
Caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias usually provide care for a longer duration than those of people with other types of conditions. The demands can limit a caregiver’s ability to take care of themselves. Keep us in mind for support services for you and your loved one.