June 15, 2014

Letter: Focusing on Alzheimer's

— The Alzheimer’s Association has proclaimed June 2014 as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

Throughout this month, the Alzheimer’s Association helps spreads global awareness of our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. The highlight of this month is the celebration of “The Longest Day” on Saturday. We encourage everyone on this day to “Go Purple” to show their support to end Alzheimer’s — one of the largest diseases impacting the brain.

Traditionally, dementia-related services focus on caregivers, with little offered for the people with early dementia. Newly diagnosed people with early stage dementia often feel they have nowhere to turn to express their feelings, which can include anger, grief, frustration and loneliness. However, they continue to have the skills and talents to contribute to the community, enrich the lives of others and enjoy life.

For more information, please call our office at (800) 272-3900.

Debby L. Lazarine

Interim programs director

North Georgia Region Alzheimer’s Association