In Observance of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Posted: November 9, 2015 in Awareness, Health
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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioural issues. Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation, recognizing November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/28/presidential-proclamation-national-alzheimers-disease-month-2015. Learn about the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, research and other resources visit the Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org/.

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