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January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

December 01, 2020

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Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and what you can do to help.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is an illness of the brain that injures brain cells. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

Why does Alzheimer’s disease make people act differently?

Different areas of the brain aren't working properly. For example, when your grandpa keeps asking the same question over and over, the part of his brain which uses memory is broken and can't be fixed. It's as if the computer in his head crashed and he can't retrieve information he put in earlier in the day or last week.

Is Alzheimer's disease contagious?

Alzheimer's disease is not contagious. Some people get diseases like diabetes and cancer and other people do not. Experts are working very hard to find a treatment to help people with Alzheimer's disease.

How can I help someone who has Alzheimer’s?

You can show the person that you love and support them by smiling and hugging them. If the person gets frightened, angry or upset, just tell them you love them. Have lots of discussions about Alzheimer's with your parents so you can understand what’s happening.


Camp for Kids

Camp Building Bridges, a camp for kids ages 12-16 who have a parent with Alzheimer's disease, gives kids a break from their home environment and allows them to connect with others facing a similar situation.

Have Your Say

Do you know someone struggling with Alzheimer's? What things do you do to remain positive? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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