The Alzheimer’s Association has announced that June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Worldwide, there are 44 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone with a brain is at risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s but everyone can take a stand to help fight it.
Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement, so show your commitment to the cause by helping the Alzheimer’s Association turn Facebook purple. On June 21, you can also show your support by starting a team and participating in “The Longest Day”, a day of activity to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s.
The following are facts about Alzheimer’s, from the Alzheimer’s Association, which you can share on social media during the month:
- 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia, roughly 5 million in the U.S.
- Annual global cost of dementia is $604 billion
- 6th cause of death in the U.S.
- 15,500,000 caregivers in the U.S.
- Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia
- A woman in her 60’s has a 1 in 6 chance of developing Alzheimer’s
To learn more and to find out how to become involved, visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website at http://www.alz.org/.