June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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Provided by Prince William County

Purple is the color to wear in June during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month to get people talking about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the brain.

There are 5.4 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease and an estimated 200,000 are under 65. By 2050, an estimated 16 million people across the country will have the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A typical early symptom of the onset of Alzheimer’s is the inability to remember recently learned information, since Alzheimer’s effects typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal, devastating disease that kills tissue and nerve cells in the brain. It cannot be slowed, cured or prevented. Alzheimer’s robs people of the ability to remember, communicate, think, recognize family or friends and care for themselves.

People with Alzheimer’s will eventually become confused about time, place and events, and will experience more serious memory loss, including mood and behavior changes, disorientation, and difficulty swallowing, speaking and walking.

Alzheimer’s is linked to aging, but it is not a normal part of aging.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are treatments for symptoms, and research is ongoing. Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop the disease from progressing. The treatments, however, can temporarily slow dementia symptoms and help improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

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