Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease. With no cure, this number is expected to increase dramatically throughout the next few decades.. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, MedicAlert encurages all Americans to increase awareness about the growing number of thos affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Do you often feel overwhelmed? You may be putting your own health at risk. It’s important to remember that neglecting your own well-being can be harmful to you both.
The best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is to stay physically and emotionally strong. Here’s how:
1. See the doctor
Be sure to visit your physician regularly (at least annually), and listen to what your body is telling you.
In the beginning, increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the noticeable first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, over time symptoms worsen. The rate at which symptoms worsen can vary from person to person.
When experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s, you may be the first to notice you are having abnormal difficulty arranging your thoughts or remembering simple things.
Traveling, whether it be for business or pleasure can easily take you out of your diabetes care routine. Before hightailing it out of town, make sure you are prepared. A little extra homework will help keep your diabetes from putting any kinks in your long-awaited travel plans.
How you prepare greatly depends on where you’re going and for how long. Ask yourself, how will your lifestyle change while traveling? Will you be able to prepare your own food, or will you be eating out? Will you be able to maintain adequate exercise or will you have more down time?
Story told by daughter of MedicAlert + Safe Return Member
My mom passed away 6 years ago from a heart attack. Her loss was very difficult and unexpected; especially for my dad…
They were married for 56 years and he had a very hard time dealing with her passing. My husband and I decided with us being retired, and my mom being gone, that it would be best for my dad to come live with us.
Lupus Awareness Month creates a time to bring greater understanding about this life altering disease and continues to serve as a universal call-to-action on behalf of the millions of families affected by Lupus. Those fighting this unpredictable disease deserve to be recognized.
While continuing to be a serious global health problem, and despite its severity, most people don’t know much about the condition. Raising awareness is essential to creating a culture of compassion for those affected by Lupus and can help increase funding for potentially life-saving research.