Fairfax, Show Your Support – Wear Purple for Alzheimer’s Action Day, 9/21

September 20, 2012

September 21st is Alzheimer’s Action Day!

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Alzheimer’s Action Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the need for more education, support and research!

Time to go through your closet and find something PURPLE to wear; a great time to show your support to help raise awareness to end Alzheimer’s disease. Please, share your story to support a family member or someone you know with Alzheimer’s. Over 35 million people worldwide are affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia with no current cure and always ends in death. It usually affects seniors over the age of 65.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s often develop slowly over a number of years, but each person is different. Individuals who exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s should seek professional advice as soon as possible. Understanding the stages of the disease can help you plan ahead.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

  • Loss of memory
  • Trouble finding words
  • General disorientation
  • Difficulty making decisions and judgements
  • Changes in behavior and personality

Stages of Alzheimer’s

  • Early stage: loss of memory, trouble finding words, and difficulty making decisions or judgments
  • Mild cognitive impairment stage (Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed at this stage): getting lost, trouble paying bills or handling money, frequently repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, often losing things or misplacing them in odd places, and mood and personality changes
  • Moderate cognitive impairment stage: increased memory loss and confusion, problems recognizing family and friends, inability to learn new things, difficulty carrying out tasks that involve multiple tasks such as getting dressed, problems coping with new situations, delusions, and paranoia
  • Severe stage: inability to communicate, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, increased sleeping, lack of control of bladder and bowels

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding. The day-to-day care, changing of family roles, and decisions of placement in a care facility can be wearing to caregivers. It is imperative to educate yourself, to have a strong network of support, and to have practical strategies in place as quickly as possible.

There are many associations and organizations available to help you discover more about symptoms, types of care, and help in coping and dealing with Alzheimer’s:

We would love to hear your story. Please share it in the comment section below.

Writer, KC Morgan

Karla and her husband, Art, have been married 31 years. They have two children. She grew up in Houston, TX. She has always loved to read, cook, swim, travel and crafting of all sorts. One day she would love to say she has traversed the whole earth. She taught Montessori school for many years and has tutored many students over the years. She has been interested in the medical field for many years and has been a caregiver for several friends and family members over the past 10 years. Her love of reading has motivated her to try a new challenge, writing.

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