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January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

Dec 01, 2020

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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drowning posted in Friends:
@country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Friends:
"WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
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WatermelonCurlz
OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
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Abbergrl
Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Friends:
A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
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