June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Early diagnosis can lead to treatment that may reduce symptoms and promote independence. Patient and family education and support can allow future planning.

One way to identify a problem is to get a brief memory screening to spot changes. Although each individual is unique, experts have identified common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you are concerned about any the warning signs listed below, contact the doctor for further screening.
• Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, places and other new information
• Confusion about time and place
• Struggling to complete familiar tasks such as brushing one’s teeth
• Trouble finding appropriate words, for example in a sentence
• Difficulties in judging situations
• Changes in mood and personality

We can all help promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Show your support for the Alzheimer’s Association by wearing purple on June 21st!
• Share your story about why you are going purple on Go Purple.
• Use #ENDALZ to increase awareness on Twitter.
• Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website www.alz.org

If you would like to speak with a nurse for a 10-minute memory screening call Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley 860-767-0186.

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