Columbus mayor, Jim Lienhoop, has declared June 21 as Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and June 21st is The Longest Day, a day focused on raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans.
- It is estimated that by 2050, nearly 14 million Americans will be living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- However, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can offer access to more effective medical and lifestyle interventions and the ability to help families plan for the future.
- An early diagnosis also means spending time with family and friends before the disease progresses.
- On The Longest Day, take the time to review the Alzheimer’s Association’s 6 Tips for Approaching Alzheimer’s to talk to a friend or loved one that may be showing symptoms.
- The 6 Tips include:
o Have the conversation as early as possible
o Think about who’s best suited to initiate the conversation
o Practice conversation starters
o Offer your support and companionship
o Anticipate gaps in self-awareness
o Recognize the conversation may not go as planned
- New findings from the Alzheimer’s Association show that 76-percent of Americans expressed concern about offending family members by raising the issue.
- Also, 69-percent feared it would ruin their relationship with the person.
- On The Longest Day, don’t be one of 38-percent of people who said they would wait until a family member’s Alzheimer’s symptoms worsened.
- To learn more about Alzheimer’s symptoms and resources available for patients and caregivers, visit alz.org.
Don’t forget to join our sister station, WKKG, at the Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s again this year! If you’d like to sign your team up for the September 30th event click here!