As we move into the winter season, the holidays shouldn’t be the only thing on our minds. November is also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and every year, it’s a time dedicated to raising awareness about this condition that affects millions worldwide. It’s also a great time to learn, reflect, and come together on the impact of this progressive neurological disease that affects the memories and cognitive abilities of our loved ones.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s and research is continuously ongoing, with medical professionals and scientists working hard to understand the complexities of this disease. November serves as a reminder how we can all help in supporting and investing in research aimed at treatment options. Donations to associations researching Alzheimer’s help the progress of treatment development and are an excellent way to honor this month.
Another way to observe National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is to get screened. The National Memory Screening Program allows you to answer a list of questions to see if you or someone you know may potentially have Alzheimer’s Disease. The test is a series of questions to measure your language skills, thinking ability, and intellectual functions. Taking the test is free. But it will not tell you whether or not you have AD. Make sure to meet with a doctor to get a thorough evaluation.
You can also support this cause by taking time this month to learn more about dementia-related disorders. Consider sharing information on social media or supporting the organizations dedicated to researching this disease. Taking the time to educate yourself and others about the warning signs and resources available can empower us to make a positive impact in our communities.
Here at Westhills Village, we keep those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease in mind all year long. We offer Home Health services for individualized dementia and Alzheimer’s care. In the comfort of your or your loved one’s home, this vital part of the continuum of care can benefit everyone with increased engagement in life. If you or your loved ones could aid from these services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 605-342-3594 to learn more.