Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June 5, 2024

Understanding Alzheimer’s, Supporting Caregivers, and Promoting Prevention

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. At Catholic Health Services, we understand the profound impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families, and communities. With over a decade of support for the Alzheimer’s Association, we are committed to providing care for patients with Alzheimer’s and supporting their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of Americans. Here are some key statistics to consider:

  • More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and this number continues to rise.
  • There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, making prevention and early intervention crucial.
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s have more than doubled between 2000 and 2019, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined, highlighting the urgent need for research and support.

Caregivers play a vital role in the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s, providing love, support, and assistance with daily activities. However, caregiving can also take a toll on their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It’s essential to support caregivers by:

  • Providing respite care to give caregivers a much-needed break.
  • Offering educational resources and support groups to help caregivers navigate the challenges of caregiving.
  • Encouraging self-care practices such as exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation techniques.

While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep.
  • Stay mentally and socially active by engaging in activities that stimulate the brain and foster social connections.
  • Manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, which are linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

As we observe Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, let’s come together to raise awareness, support caregivers, and promote prevention efforts. By understanding the impact of Alzheimer’s and taking proactive steps to reduce our risk, we can work towards a future where Alzheimer’s is no longer a devastating reality. Learn more about Alzheimer’s care services and support for caregivers.

Together, let’s make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s and provide hope for a brighter future.