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June Is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Updated June 9, 2017 6:18 AM | Filed under: Health
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(UNDATED) - June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, an ideal time to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and its impact on individuals and families nationwide. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer's, a fatal disease that is often misunderstood. During the month of June, Hoosiers can help by raising awareness and taking action.

New findings from an Alzheimer's Association survey, released in conjunction with the beginning of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, indicate the impact of Alzheimer's disease on individuals:

  • Almost all agree caregiving should be a group effort, yet two in three caregivers feel alone.
  • American families are unprepared to face the looming Alzheimer's caregiving, financial crisis.
  • Lack of appreciation and support stress family relationships, especially among siblings.

To help families navigate the impact of Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Association offers various resources including:

A new Alzheimer's Association infographic, offering specific tips to help families resolve conflicts and cope with Alzheimer's together.

Guidance on financial and legal planning for Alzheimer's

  • Tips on long-distance caregiving and care coordination to help families better manage caregiver responsibilities
  • A video series, featuring insights from people living with the disease on how to navigate the personal and emotional challenges that accompany an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
  • A community resource finder that helps families connect with local resources by simply entering their zip code, and an Indiana county-specific Resource Guide available to Indiana families
  • Education programs, care consultation and support services through the Greater Indiana Chapter found at alz.org/Indiana/services

During Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer's Association encourages everyone to show their support for people impacted by the disease by doing the following:

Participate in The Longest Day® on or before June 21, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer's disease with strength, heart and endurance. "Pedegoing for Alz," a 21-mile bike ride around Bloomington, will occur June 21. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/WFcc30cp08s.

The Solutions Center is hosting its first The Longest Day hike and picnic June 24 at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Ind. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/PRT630coZHB.

Join the Alzheimer's Association in wearing purple throughout the month. Share photos of yourself, family, friends and co-workers wearing the movement's signature color via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. with the hashtag #ENDALZ. Or, add the Alzheimer's Association #ENDALZ Facebook frame to your profile picture from facebook.com/profilepicframes.

Visit alz.org/indiana/abam to uncover the critical truths about Alzheimer's and why they matter.
Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.



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