Posted By: Miquela Berge
Staying Informed During Alzheimer’s Awareness MonthWhat does purple have to do with November? If you did not know, the color purple brings attention to the sixth leading cause of death in the United States: Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, causing 60-80% of all cases that impacts memory, the ability to think, and disrupts behavior. Having memory loss is a more than just being inattentive and forgetful. Memory loss connects to other behaviors such as getting lost in familiar places, asking repetitive questions, intersects with personality changes, and taking longer to complete routine tasks. Currently, there are 5.7 million Americans, most of them senior citizens, living with Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, this illness worsens as time progresses and, as of now, cannot be cured or prevented. This means that memory-loss, confusion, and the ability to eat, dress, and speak will worsen as time passes. Decline can happen slowly, and while most live four to eight years after diagnosis, some can live as long as twenty years.
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