Did you know that someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds? This sobering statistic becomes even more serious when forecasts show the gap will shrink to 33 seconds by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia are becoming a public health problem in need of a solution.
The Alzheimer’s Association has come up with a novel way to raise awareness during June, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Go Purple to End Alzheimer’s. The goal of going purple is to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, its effects, and research. While Alzheimer’s disease currently has no cure, early detection can help slow its progression. Don’t confuse symptoms of Alzheimer’s with normal aging. To read more about Alzheimer’s disease and its early signs, check out our previous blog posts here and here.
The Longest Day
Today, June 21, is the summer solstice. That means it’s the longest day of the year, with the most sunlight. It’s also the crowning event of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month; today people all over America and the world are participating in The Longest Day activities to raise awareness of the disease. Participants signed up to walk, hike, cycle, swim, play a sport, do a craft, or anything else they love to do. They then raised money to advance research and provide care to Alzheimer’s patients.
The Alzheimer’s Association says today is all about love for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. They’ve encouraged participants to choose an activity they—or their loved one with the disease—especially love to do. They hope the funds raised will go to research toward the ultimate goal: the first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease.
How Park Crescent Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center Fights Alzheimer’s Disease
Park Crescent is a refuge in North Jersey for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Our long-term care unit provides a safe, comforting environment for cognitively impaired seniors. Our caring and loving staff make sure to treat our dementia residents with dignity and compassion as they struggle with the disease. We stay up to date with the latest advancements in Alzheimer’s care to offer the best results to our patients. To find out more about Park Crescent’s long-term and dementia care, feel free to contact us.