World Alzheimer’s Month 1 – 30 September
It is the start of World Alzheimer’s Month today and we would like to show our support and help raise awareness for all those who have been impacted by this disease. Alzheimer’s currently does not have a cure but there are treatments available to temporarily reduce the impact of symptoms. It is important to be aware if you notice any changes within yourself or a loved one, as being prepared and planning for the future is incredibly important to maintain qaulity of life. Below are some examples of early/moderate symptoms of Alzheimers disease, taken from the NHS website:
- Minor memory problems.
- Confusion, disorientation and getting lost in familiar places.
- Difficulty planning or making decisions.
- Problems with speech and language.
- Problems moving around without assistance or performing self-care tasks.
- Personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding and suspicious of others.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) and delusions (believing things that are untrue).
- Low mood or anxiety.
For more information, pleae visit the NHS website.
Some studies have reported that even a reduction in the ability to smell could be a possible indicator of Alzhemiers disease:
If you believe you may be experiencing some of the symptoms listed above, please contact a medical professional.
Below are some further resources about Alzheimer’s Disease:
Alzheimer’s disease on the NHS website: Alzheimer’s disease – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Alzheimer’s Society – United Against Dementia: World Alzheimer’s Month | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)
Alzheimer’s Disease International: World Alzheimer’s Month | Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) (alzint.org)
DementiaUK: World Alzheimer’s Month – Dementia UK