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The Longest Day – Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

The Longest Day – Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness

Chances are that someone in your life has been touched by Alzheimer’s. This disease has quickly spread to become an epidemic, affecting 47 million people worldwide and costing $604 billion a year to treat. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. What’s worse, it is the only cause of death in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed.

While this all sounds pretty grim, that doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless. The Longest Day is an event that helps to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, which is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The event is held on the summer solstice and goes on from sunrise to sunset. Teams participate in an activity of their choice for the duration of the day, raising money and collecting donations along the way.

There’s still time to create a team and promote this valiant cause. All you need to do is gather your team members, choose an activity you enjoy, and raise some money! The funds that are donated will help to provide care and support to those facing Alzheimer’s, drive research toward treatment, prevention, and a cure, and give those who suffer from Alzheimer’s a voice in legislation and federal policy. A good goal is to try and raise at least $100 per hour of daylight per team… which equals $1600 that will go towards the fight against Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Quiz

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month Quiz

There are so many relevant health issues that are recognized in November that it’s hard to keep track of them all! The last one we are featuring this month is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. This is a cause that hits close to home, as many of our patients suffer from this disease or the pre-stages of this disease.

Alzheimer’s is a disease in which nerve cells die in the brain, causing memory problems, lapses in judgment, and difficulty thinking. It is more than just simple forgetfulness or absentmindedness. A person with Alzheimer’s has trouble participating in normal day-to-day activities and may need constant assistance. They may get lost when they are out doing an errand and will not remember how to get home, how they got there, or even who they are. It is common for these people to forget important knowledge such as what year it is, who their family members are, or how everyday chores or tasks work.

Alzheimer’s is more than just memory issues, however. Sufferers also develop emotional issues, and can have sudden mood changes that are unexpected or unwarranted. They may go from feeling angry, irritable, restless, or quiet in one moment to feeling confused, paranoid, or fearful in the next. As the brain continues to deteriorate, symptoms progress even further.

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, which means this disease is nothing to laugh about. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older. This could be even higher, as many official sources do not consider all of the ways in which Alzheimer’s can impact health. In fact, it kills more than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.

Now that you know a little more about Alzheimer’s and how it affects people, take our quiz and see how well you do! When you are finished, share it with a friend so they can also learn more about this terrible disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5 million people across the United States. Learn more and spread awareness by taking this quiz.

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