In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affects many families. Today, over 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Even though this disease is quite widespread, many people do not know much about it until a loved one gets a diagnosis. In addition, when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, close family members quickly assume the role of caregivers without always knowing what to expect. For these reasons and more, June is observed as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to help educate Americans about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and also to help work toward more research about it. For veteran adults and caregivers, here are just a few ways you can get involved in Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June:
* Sign Up to Walk
All across the country, the Alzheimer’s Association sponsors Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. At these events, participants can walk and raise funds to donate. Donations will go toward Alzheimer’s support, care, and research. Before the event, participants can secure donations from their personal network and from around their community. The walk is a great way to help work toward the cause of funding more research for this disease that is still misunderstood in many ways. In addition, by participating, you will be helping to spread awareness about the issue and helping to get conversations started.
* Help Your Loved One to Care for Their Brain
To reduce the risk of cognitive decline, there are many things you and your loved one can do to improve brain health. Whether your loved one is living with Alzheimers, mild cognitive impairment, or simply just wants to keep their brain sharp and active, these activities and more can help them to improve the health of their brain:
* Support Caregivers
Caregiving is a job that doesn’t always get the recognition it should in our country. The truth is, caregivers in the United States gave 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to Alzheimer’s patients in 2015. Help out a fellow caregiver this month and all year long by offering your kind words, encouragement, and support.