Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread the word about and discuss Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Throughout the month, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people around the world to show their support by wearing purple and training their brains to fight the disease.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affect memory, behavior, and thinking. This disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Many people think that if someone has memory issues, they think it’s Alzheimer’s right away. The difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific brain disease that accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases, whereas Dementia is a general term for symptoms like decline in memory, reasoning, or other thinking skills.
Five Facts About Alzheimer’s:
- A person develops Alzheimer’s disease in the United States about 65 seconds.
- In the United States, more than 11 million people take care of family or friends with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
- More than 6.5 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s.
- Only 4 in 10 Americans would talk to their doctor right away when experiencing early memory or cognitive loss.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia