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This Monday, September 21 is National Alzheimer’s Day which is designated to bring awareness about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, “Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, and the rate will increase to as many as 16 million by year 2050.” It is very difficult to witness a loved one’s mental decline as the disease progresses, and although there is no cure, there is very promising research and treatment that can offset the symptoms and effects of the disease.

 

Alzheimer’s Quick Facts:

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Early Warning Signs:

 

Memory loss and decline in thinking and reasoning skills may be one of the first signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. There are additional symptoms to take into consideration, and although every person is different, if you notice one or more of the following signs in different degrees if may be worth speaking to a doctor:National Alzheimer's Day

 

Living with Alzheimer’s:

As we use September 21st to recognize the efforts in early detection and prevention, we also honor those individuals and families that are persevering through the disease. Alzheimer’s disease has several stages, and each stage can be more frightening and frustrating than the previous. Below is a wonderful guide to compassionate and open hearted communication and interaction with someone who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia:

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