Creativity and passion fuel Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which takes place in June. Communities worldwide unite through various events and activities to raise funds and awareness for the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Together, they fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which globally affects 50 million people. Light up the dark and honor Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by getting involved.
Alzheimer’s Isn’t Normal Aging.
Alzheimer’s-related memory changes are linked to aging, but it is not a normal part of aging. However, memory issues can be an early warning sign. This is because AD causes the damage and destruction of brain cells (neurons). When damaged, neurons lose connections to each other and eventually die. The damage starts most often in the brain region that controls memory, years before the first symptoms.
There are many ways to participate throughout June. Visit the social events page for more details on what your local community is doing to fight Alzheimer’s. In addition, you can celebrate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by wearing purple, researching the early signs, and more:
- Show your support to the caregiver in your life by recognizing their care needs or engaging in a kind gesture.
- Share your own Alzheimer’s story, provide hope and support, and inspire people to join the fight.
- Take 65 seconds of silence to recognize, in just over a minute’s time, a person’s life will change forever.
- Join others across the world in raising funds and awareness on The Longest Day. You can start or join a fundraiser here.
- Spread the word by using the hashtags #ENDALZ and #TheLongestDay on Instagram and Twitter. Change your Facebook profile picture to the Alzheimer’s Association frame to shine a light on the disease.
Honoring Brain Awareness with a FREE Memory Screen
Being proactive is vital in the early detection of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Those currently experiencing memory issues and individuals with increased risk should have their brain health evaluated annually. Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Southwest Florida offers FREE memory screenings. The screening provides an insight into whether you would benefit from a complete evaluation.
It’s not a diagnosis but a very useful tool in determining the need for further evaluation and can track changes in the brain over time. So, honor Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and love your brain by setting up your FREE memory screen TODAY! Call us at (239) 939-7777 or submit your