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Nov 19

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month – WBIR.com

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimers. By 2050, this number is projected to grow to more than 14 million.

GREENSBORO, N.C. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. The purpose of each campaign is to educate the public about the life-altering disease as well as provide ongoing support to caregivers.

Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia. Its a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment. Alzheimers disease accounts for nearly 80% of dementia cases.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimers Awareness Month. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimers. Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimers. By 2050, this number is projected to grow to more than 14 million.

Statistics show more than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimers or other dementias. These caregivers provided an estimated 18 billion hours of care valued at nearly $244 billion.

Unfortunately, caregivers frequently report experiencing high levels of stress. That includes denial, anger, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, irritability, and more. Health experts say caregivers should protect their mental health and manage stress properly.

The Alzheimers Association offers the following ways for caregivers to manage stress:

For more information about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month, visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

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