June is Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness Month

In support of Alzheimer's and Dementia, we would like everyone to wear purple for awareness. Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Worldwide 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

As we grow older our memory often changes, but memory loss that disrupts our daily life is not a typical part of aging. On average a person with Alzheimer's lives 4 to 8 years after diagnosis but can live as long as 20 years depending on other factors.

Alzheimer's is broken into stages. The early stage is considered mild. The middle stage is moderate. And, late-stage Alzheimer's is classified as severe.

Common Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

  • Memory loss disrupting day-to-day life

  • Forgetting names or appointments, and recalling them later

  • Challenges in planning or solving problems

  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks

  • Confusion with time or place

  • Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships

  • New problems with words in speaking or writing

  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

  • Decreased or poor judgment

  • Withdrawal from work or social activities, and

  • Changes in mood and personality

Early detection matters. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be affected by any of these, see your provider and discuss candidly the events that are concerning you.

If your loved one is suffering from late-stage Alzheimer's, Good Shepherd Hospice can help.

ElderPoint is grateful to our Partner and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospice and Chapters Health for providing this info on Alzheimer's & Dementia Awareness. Chapters Health System connects patients, families, healthcare providers, and supporters with a continuous range of compassionate care services at every stage of their journeys.

While this is a difficult topic, ElderPoint Services believes education and aware