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Raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease across the world

During World Alzheimer’s Month in September, people are encouraged to learn more about this devastating disease and what we can do to help find a cure.

Unfortunately, deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease have been increasing for more than a decade, and that is expected to continue. Considering what a serious problem this is, it is important to understand the risk factors, signs and resources in place for people with this devastating illness.

Risk factors

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, there is no known cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though multiple factors could contribute to developing it. Some scientists believe that high blood pressure, lack of exercise and smoking could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Age is also a critical factor, as the risk of Alzheimer’s increases as a person gets older. That said, it can still affect younger populations. In fact, the Social Security Administration recognizes early-onset Alzheimer’s disease as a rare but disabling condition that affects people younger than 65.

Signs of Alzheimer’s disease

While many people assume that loss of memory can be a sign of Alzheimer’s, it is important to note that memory loss is different from forgetfulness. A person who occasionally forgets things may not be exhibiting signs of a serious condition, but that combined with other signs could be an indication that someone is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

These signs include:

  • Repeating questions
  • Showing poor judgment
  • Getting lost even when they are in a familiar place
  • Regularly losing things
  • Showing signs of mood or personality changes
  • Increasing confusion or recklessness with money

Resources available

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet, there are resources available to help people who suffer from this condition. This includes financial resources like those that may be available through disability benefits as well as local support groups for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

Whether you need medical, financial or emotional support in the wake of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, it can be crucial to reach out for the help you and your loved ones need, and September may just be the month to do it.

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