World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

This month gives us the opportunity to speak up and challenge the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the most prevalent form of dementia that affects cognitive function. It’s a crucial time to shed light on nursing activities tailored to patients with Alzheimer’s and explore innovative approaches to combat the disease.

World Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Learning about Alzheimer’s disease

As the illness develops, symptoms intensify, posing additional obstacles for the individual suffering from the disease and caregivers. People might be better able to plan for the future if they know the stages and signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Patients may still lead independent lives during the early stages, engaging in professional and social activities. However, they may experience challenges in focusing and recalling recent events, including difficulty finding certain words or names.

Moderate Alzheimer’s is characterized by substantial memory loss, disorientation, and physical symptoms. Additional signs include needing help organizing or following instructions and performing routine everyday duties such as dressing and other activities.

People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s need assistance with most of their daily tasks, including sitting, walking, eating, and swallowing. One of the most challenging symptoms is having a hard time remembering where they are and who is around.

If you want to know more about this disease, we encourage you to read our Alzheimer’s specialty page.

World Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Engage in the movement

If you know someone with Alzheimer’s disease or want to join the awareness movement, these facts will help them have a better quality of life:

  • Establish Routines: Creating a structured routine helps patients remember tasks and maintain a sense of familiarity, particularly during the early stages.

  • Participate in Activities Together: Incorporating engaging activities into their lives, such as cooking or watching TV, enhances their overall well-being.

  • Prioritize Communication: Meaningful conversations and active listening contribute to improved cognitive functions for those with Alzheimer’s.

  • Assist in Meal Planning: Helping patients plan and manage their meals by using a checklist or planner ensures they maintain a balanced diet.

  • Keep them safe: Mitigate potential risks and accidents by monitoring patients closely, especially as the disease progresses.

  • Reduce distractions: Enhance focus on tasks by reducing unnecessary distractions and fostering a conducive environment.

For family members and caregivers

People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s require help from family members and caregivers. When caring for an ill person, caregivers may need help with many tasks and chores, such as washing, transferring, or dressing the patient.

It is common for family members to experience a range of emotions when they take on the responsibility of caring for a loved one. This can lead to long-term stress, tiredness, or even depression. However, seeking help from a trained professional can offer valuable support for both the patient and their family members.

Spread the word!

Now that you know more about this condition, we encourage you to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s and give this information to people who might need it. Post a picture, story, or more information using #alzheimers and share this blog post so more people are aware of this illness.

We can assist a person with Alzheimer’s at Signature Healthcare Services. We have specialized nurses, occupational therapists, and additional services to support your loved one. Click here to learn more about our specialties.

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