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September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day

September 20, 2022
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September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, responsible for most dementia cases. If your family has been impacted by Alzheimer’s, you know the tragic toll it has. 

Alzheimer’s ranks among the leading causes of death in the United States, and according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI),  many people still wrongly believe that dementia is normal aging.

Understanding the difference between normal cognitive decline such as forgetfulness and disease pathology which is memory loss or impairment can help people explore treatment options and healthy brain exercises earlier. World Alzheimer’s Day was introduced in 1994, and every year on September 21, the ADI releases an annual report to educate the public regarding Alzheimer’s Disease. This year’s report has a special focus on post-diagnosis support. As well as,  recent developments and potential breakthroughs in dementia treatment.  The ADI campaign will highlight the importance of support for people living with dementia and families following a diagnosis. 

 There are many ways you can participate in World Alzheimer’s Day! 

1- Look into a local walk or run that supports Alzheimer’s. Joining in a local walk not only supports Alzheimer’s- it’s also fun! Bring your kids, and grandkids, and make it an event. Check out this site to find a walk in your neighborhood. 

2- Volunteer at an organization that supports families with dementia. This may take a little more time, but you can make a huge impact. Often times caregivers experience burnout, and an extra set of hands can change their world. Even an hour a week can give the caregiver reprieve. 

3- Short on time, reshare a story to spread awareness! Social media can reach a lot of people. Looking for a story to share- we are always posting content!

4- Wear purple! The American Alzheimer’s Association, chose purple as its signature color, combining the calm stability of blue and the passionate energy of red. Purple makes a statement about our Association and our supporters: we are intense and unrelenting in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

5- Text a friend who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s. Because of the prevalence of dementia, you probably know someone who has been affected. Reach out to them, tell them you’re thinking about them. Simple and sweet, but could really make someone’s day!

6- Share some of Sunway’s Blog Content to spread education and resources: 

If you know someone who needs help finding a senior living community, please pass along our information. We would love the opportunity to help a family.

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