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What Can You Do To Help Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness?

The Alzheimer’s Association recently moved Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month from September to June.  They’ve also altered the name of the month to give further awareness not only to Alzheimer’s disease, but also other brain related diseases.  There are many goals they hope to accomplish.  Amongst these are raising overall awareness, getting people more active in awareness of the disease, getting further support for testing and research and offering more help to those that are living with these various diseases on a day-to-day basis.

Estimates claim by 2025 more than one billion people worldwide will be affected by Alzheimer’s.  In a recent survey of more than 6,000 people from 12 different countries, the Alzheimer’s Association says nearly a quarter of responders list Alzheimer’s disease as the condition they fear most of getting just behind cancer.  However, this same research has uncovered some remarkable data that shows the lack of overall awareness of the disease.  In some countries (including India, China and Saudi Arabia) more than 80 percent believe the disease is simply a normal part of aging.  In addition, more than 40 percent of people believe only those with a family history are at risk.  To learn more about this study from a recent Times article, please click here.

With this overall lack of awareness, what can you do to help further the cause?  Here are some easy steps you can take in honor of June being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month.

  1. Change your Facebook icon to the END ALZ icon.  This icon is the color purple and will make your friends aware you support the cause.
  2. Donate to a local cause.  There are donations that can be made across all communities in the U.S.
  3. Color your office, place of worship or school purple.  Have people ask you why you’ve done this and make them aware of the disease.
  4. Announce your commitment to ending Alzheimer’s through social media and internal communications. Use #ABAMSTL.
  5. Educate people with the overall statistics of the disease, and the impending epidemic the world is facing.

To learn more about what the Alzheimer’s Association recommends you to do supper the cause, please click here.

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