November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month:  You’re Not Alone

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. There’s nothing scarier to an aging individual than slowly being locked away inside your own mind. Unfortunately, the nightmare of Alzheimer’s Disease or some form of dementia becomes a harsh reality for millions of Americans every year. That diagnosis takes a significant toll on everyone involved including family, friends, and family caregivers who support their loved ones.

But with the correct support and resources the toll that Alzheimer’s and dementia exact can be minimized. November was designated National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month to call attention this all-too-common affliction and shine light on resources available to patients and their family members so they can live their best life possible.

We here at Second Family Home Care know how difficult caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be. We specialize in providing the type of non-medical home care that these individuals need. We see it as our duty to take some of the burden from family caregivers so they can live their lives as well.

Hard Facts About Alzheimer’s Disease

The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that 1 in 9 people 65 years old or older is living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Altogether over 5 million Americans (including roughly 200,000 under the age of 65) suffer. By 2025 that number is expected to increase by 40% to 7.1 million Americans.

Here in Texas there are currently an estimated 340,000 individuals battling Alzheimer’s. By 2024 that number is expected to reach nearly 500,000.

While billions of dollars have been spent on research, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. However, designing a complete care program consisting of medical treatment, behavioral therapy, at-home care, and even dietary changes can help afflicted individuals live their best life possible for as long as they can.

The Toll of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia on Caregivers

Alz.org, the official website