Tiffany Springs Honors World Alzheimer’s Month
September is World Alzheimer’s Month – the right time to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As a steadfast memory care provider, we’re proud to be involved with Alzheimer’s awareness and the development of new treatment techniques. In this blog, we’ll share some key facts about Alzheimer’s and offer you information on how you can get involved in the search for a cure.
Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease
Most people have at least some understanding how Alzheimer’s disease can affect memory, behavior and quality of life. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this disease that can lead to confusion for family caregivers. We’re always ready to answer your questions when you reach out – but until then, here are some facts about Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is just one form of dementia. One of the most common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s is that it is entirely distinct from other kinds of dementia. In reality, dementia refers to a whole spectrum of degenerative brain conditions, and Alzheimer’s is simply the most common cause of dementia. Between 60% and 80% of cases of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia aren’t the same for everyone. No two cases of Alzheimer’s are exactly alike, but there are some typical symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is memory loss. Some forgetfulness is a normal part of getting older, but a person with Alzheimer’s will often forget the context of words or names. For example, a healthy person could forget their next-door neighbor’s name – but someone with Alzheimer’s might forget that the person in question is their next-door neighbor at all. Read this to learn more of the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia are incredibly common. Per Alzheimer’s Disease International, “There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.” As the global population continues to age, the number of older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will only increase.
Why Alzheimer’s Awareness Matters
All too often, seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are marginalized, dehumanized and treated as if their wants, needs and concerns aren’t important. But as the number of older adults living with memory impairment continues to grow, it’s on all of us to recognize their value and do everything we can to protect their comfort, dignity and happiness. Searching for a cure is important, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of Alzheimer’s awareness.
Doing this will require a paradigm shift in the way we think about aging. Failing to do so wouldn’t just be a disservice to seniors – it would actively harm all of us. After all, older adults living with memory impairment still have a lot to add to society, especially if we do our part to listen. We must ensure that their wisdom and gifts can continue to enrich our lives.
How You Can Get Involved
So how do you get active in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease? Funding for Alzheimer’s research is crucial in combatting the disease, and it can come from many different places. The easiest way to make a difference is by being a donor to local advocacy groups or the national Alzheimer’s Association. You can also participate in fundraising events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or become an advocate by reaching out to your member of congress.
For more on how you can get involved, check out the American Alzheimer’s Association website.
Tiffany Springs is Here to Support Seniors
If your loved one is living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it might be time to learn how moving to a senior living community can help. Courtyard Memory Care at Tiffany Springs supports each resident through our specialized Thrive program. Built around the YOUNITE life history survey, this program incorporates each person’s experiences, physical skills, current interests, hobbies and daily routine into a customized care plan that responds to their physical, mental and spiritual needs.
If you have any questions about how you can help a loved one with dementia, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support your family, no matter what. Contact us online or call us at 816-621-3800.