January marks Alzheimer's Awareness Month across the country and we would like to make sure our residents know where they can turn to for answers, assistance or support. Every year officers respond to hundreds of adult missing person calls, which include many who wandered away due Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is a brain disease that affects almost 750,000 people in Canada, and no one is immune. Women and men from all backgrounds can suffer from this disease, although twice as many women as men have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It is important to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms so treatment can be sought as soon as possible.
Symptoms include memory loss, difficulty completing regular tasks, mood swings and behavioural changes.
The Alzheimer Society has launched a social media campaign to encourage Canadians to help those living with Alzheimer's disease in their communities live a better life. It also aims to reduce stigmas related to the disease. Residents are encouraged to take part in the #StillHere hashtag campaign and educate themselves about those living with Alzheimer's.
The symptoms can be easily confused with the aging process, so make sure you follow up with a doctor if you suspect you or a loved one may have it. This will help to ensure proper care and education about how to live with the disease.
Please visit the Alzheimer Society website for more information and resources.
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