Alzheimer’s and Dementia are important awareness days to me because my granny had Demtania after a bad stroke and I have Dementia from Lyme disease. Losing one’s cognitive capability is difficult and can be quite frustrating.
Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Join the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more that people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.
What is Dementia?
Small abnormalities, so-called amyloid plaques, and tau tangles, formed in the brain and found in specific locations throughout, are two distinguishing hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia. Advanced testing, such as PET scans, MRI, DNA, and spinal fluid analysis, can shed invaluable light on the probability of Alzheimer’s, but still, at this time, a conclusive diagnosis is only obtained through close examination of brain tissue post-mortem.
Explore Related Resources:
- Alzheimers.gov: Find resources and tips for individuals, families, and caregivers.
- NAPA at 10: Read a blog post from Dr. Hodes on the progress made in Alzheimer’s and related dementias research.
- Progress and Potential: Watch this video series featuring NIA grantees and progress made in the field.
Sadly many people’s perception remains that Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease only happens to very old people. Until you experience this disease, whether it is watching someone you know of, or yourself, it is a frightening experience to go through.
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Yes it is.