7 Ideas for Recognizing World Alzheimer's Month
World Alzheimer's Month is from the first day of September, until the end of the month on the 30th. It was created to bring awareness and education about people who have Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day, which provides an excellent opportunity to share experiences and give support to those living with the disease. Here are seven ways to help encourage those who may have a loved one experiencing Alzheimer's Disease.
Challenges and Difficulties
Living with Alzheimer's Disease can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. The patient can become easily agitated and have sudden mood swings. Helping to maintain closeness with family members can give the person a continued sense of belonging. They need to feel loved, cared for, and valued as an individual. Though the disease can make their behavior seem unpredictable at times, creating a calming routine can be important. Keeping stress levels down will also assist in decreasing their overall anxiety. Enlisting the help of someone who is trained to care for those who have the disease can make a big difference.
Recognizing Alzheimer's Day and Month
Choose to participate for the whole month of September or even just for the day. It's entirely up to you! The more light we can shine regarding Alzheimer's, the more we can accomplish for research to eventually find a cure. Whether you have a family member who has been diagnosed, you've lost someone to the disease, or you just want to help, here are several great options.
1. Put on Purple
The official color for this important day is Go Purple, so wear it and share it! A purple ribbon is a simple way to get others to notice your cause. Pin one on your shirt and give some away. Ask friends and co-workers to help you spread the word and remove the stigma.
2. Take the Purple Pledge
Even though June is typically when the Alzheimer's Association asks people to give their pledge, you can join the movement at any time. Take the pledge to use your brain and raise awareness for Alzheimer's Day!
3. Purple Profile
Change your social media profile to purple. Invite your friends and followers to ask you about it. Tell them we need to do more and learn more about this disease. Encourage them to change their profile for a day or month so they can help too!
4. Share Your Story for Alzheimer's Day
Alzheimer's affects the world globally. Though it may be difficult, try to share a personal story about how it has affected your life. Stories like yours may impact others more than anything else. Bring even more awareness by adding the hashtags #EndAlzheimers or #ENDALZ to your post.
5. Make a Financial Contribution
Put your money to good use by donating to Alzheimer's Research. We still do not have enough knowledge or a cure for this disease. Diligence and monetary funds are needed to continue to search for the answers we need.
6. Visit Your Loved Ones on Alzheimer's Day
The best way to support someone who is suffering from dementia is to be there. Maintaining that personal touch, giving love, and creating memories will not be surpassed. You don't know what tomorrow may bring, so take the time now. Even if they don't always recognize you, they feel the love you give them.
7. Support Other Caregivers
Being a caregiver is a responsibility like no other. If you aren't the main caregiver, but you know someone who is, be sure to thank them. Send a handwritten note, make a call, or give them a shout-out on social media. For that extra touch, take flowers or deliver a meal. Your effort will be greatly appreciated.
Learn More About Alzheimer's Day
Remember, if you need help, Elite Home Health Care is here for you. When it comes to caring for your senior, our professional home health aides can assist with everything from outings to personal care. We will work with you to create the plan that works best.
Written by: Leah Ganz
Leah Ganz, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Services at Elite Home Health Care. She has an extensive background in homecare and previously worked in various specialties including pediatrics, pain managemnet and internal medicine. She oversees allpatient services across Elite's departments.