Every June, the medical community comes together to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other brain inflicting conditions. Supporters typically wear purple for this campaign and highlight the various diseases that affect their loved ones. One of the best ways to show your support this month is to educate yourself.
Some of the major signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia include:
- Memory Loss
- Not Recognizing Family & Friends
- Losing or Misplacing Items
- Everyday Activities Become Difficult
- Unusual Outbursts
- Negative Decision Making
- Problems with Reading, Writing, or Communicating
Although these symptoms don’t mean that an individual has AD or dementia, it is important to use the month of June as a time to get checked out. Talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have about yourself or for a family member. Early detection of degenerative disorders can make all the difference in intervention and treatment options. While treatments are available, there is still no cure yet for the most common brain diseases.
There are a few things that you can do to help keep your mind sharp:
- Exercise Regularly
- Keep Healthy
- Keep Learning and Educating Yourself
- Cutout Unhealthy Habits
Dr. Shailesh Rajguru, Neurologist at Bond Clinic, P.A., provided some interesting statistics on the role of Alzheimer’s Disease; “the incidence of AD increases with age. Just under 6 million Americans are living with AD. Approximately 80% of patients with AD are older than age 75. The number of patients with AD in the US is projected to nearly triple by 2050.”
“Nearly two thirds of patients with AD are women. Overall lifetime risk of AD at age 65 is 21% for women and 11% for men. Average survival after diagnosis varies from 4-8 years, although the time line is affected by many other risk factors. In otherwise healthy patients, survival can extend up to 15-20 years. The public health impact of AD and other forms of dementia was an estimated cost of $277 billion in the US in 2018,” says Dr. Rajguru.
To support your family, stay educated on Alzheimer’s and brain health this month. Maintain a healthy brain through healthy activities and hobbies, learn about ongoing research for brain conditions, and make sure you keep in touch with your doctor. Bond Clinic has providers available if you need assistance. Call us at 863-293-1191 or visit our website at www.bondclinic.com.
Written By: Jared White, Assistant Marketing Director at Bond Clinic