The theme for the first World’s Alzheimer’s Awareness month is Dementia: Living Together. The goal? To reduce the stigma associated with dementia and form a community that is more friendly to those living with the disease. There are lots of things you can do to help raise awareness and help the cause to end Alzheimer’s.
1. Alzheimer’s Action Day is Sept. 21. Take a picture of yourself wearing purple and post in on Facebook and Twitter. Go Purple to spread the word! Tag #ENDALZ
2. Learn how to overcome the stigmas. Teach others. 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia.
3. Start Talking. Do you know someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Have you ever had a heart to heart with a memory caregiver? How do you think you would be treated if you had memory problems? Find more great questions to get you started at Alzheimer’s Speaks Blog.
4. Spend time with family members and friends affected by dementia.
Having a conversation with someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia isn’t always easy – especially if you were close before and the relationship has changed as memories are affected. Believe it or not, jigsaw puzzles are a great way to start the conversation. Puzzles for Alzheimer’s are made specifically for people with dementia and their loved ones. They come with only a few pieces – usually 6 or 12, and feature hand-picked images that are meant to strike up a conversation or bring back a memory.