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Flourish: June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

6/21/2023

During the month of June, we acknowledge Alzheimer's Disease by understanding it, sympathizing with those who have been impacted by this disease and the importance of detecting and diagnosing the early signs. About 1 in 9 adults over the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer's Disease.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

What are some signs of Alzheimer's Disease?

Memory loss. Some early signs of Alzheimer's Disease include forgetting appointments or conversations, having to repeat questions or statements, misplacing items or getting lost in familiar places.

Having difficulties with numbers. This disease can be detected by those who have challenges with managing finances, balancing checkbooks or paying bills on time.

Changes in behavior or personality. Since Alzheimer's disease is changing in the brain, mood swings and behavior changes are common. Certain signs include depression, difficulties adjusting to new situations, distrust in others, anger, wandering around or getting lost, completing daily tasks slowly or feeling withdrawn from social activities.

5 tips on how to live with Alzheimer's Disease

It can be difficult and sometimes frustrating living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. To limit some challenges, consider these tips:

  1. Make a daily routine. Make a strict schedule that includes bathing and eating but understand there needs to be room for flexibility.
  2. Create a safe environment at home. Make sure the house is free of fall hazards by avoiding the use of rugs, extension cords or clutter on the floor. Have handrails, grab bars and corner guards around the house.
  3. Provide choices. Make sure the one living with Alzheimer's can still make choices, such as choosing their outfit, so they maintain a sense of independence.
  4. Be sure any instructions are simple and easy to follow. Those living with Alzheimer's have an easier time understanding clear, one-step communication.
  5. Be active. Being active is beneficial for both mental and physical health. Having a group exercise class will also encourage socialization and give a sense of independence.

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