Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2007 by Abhishek Krishnan in
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November has arrived and this is the Alzheimer’s Awareness month. This is a time for reflecting on the progress in tackling this, as yet, incurable disease. It's also a time for remembering the countless thousands of caregivers who ask for so very little yet give so much in caring for patients or loved ones. Worldwide it is estimated that about 16 million people have Alzheimer's disease, 4.5 million of them are Americans. For every person with Alzheimer's there is often at least one other person who directly cares for them and a host of health care & social workers, advocates, volunteers and support workers in the background. With so many people directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer's it is good that a time of year is set aside to promote awareness. A holiday gift would be a great way to contribute.

National Memory Screening Day is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to promote early detection of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to encourage appropriate intervention.

AFA carries out this event in collaboration with organizations and healthcare professionals across the U.S.—bringing them together for care. Participating sites offer free confidential memory screenings, as well as follow up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss. Together, we hope to improve quality of life.

It is not known what causes Alzheimer's disease and at present there is no cure. But there is hope and help for those people with Alzheimer's. Research into the disease is offering answers to many questions. The pooling of knowledge, the increasing amounts of international funding will one day provide us with the cause, with better ways of treating Alzheimer's and will hopefully provide a cure for Alzheimer's.Until that day this site pays tribute to all the people who have Alzheimer's disease, to all those who strive to make the lives of people with Alzheimer's better.







1 comments:

  1. Alzheimer's awareness is so vital to our society. What we don't understand we often fear. What we fear we avoid. How sad it is to think that our loved ones with Alzheimer's disease could lead more cloistered lives because of others lack of knowledge and acceptance.

    Our family has had six loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Five were only in their 50's! We need to get this disease out in the open, discuss it, learn about it - make people aware.

    My sisters and I started a company to raise awareness of Alzheimer's. We make and sell gifts and awareness items and give 100% of our website profits to Alzheimer's research. Our products can be found at www.alzawareness.com.