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Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

·        More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease

·        Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

·        One-third of people age 85 or older have Alzheimer’s or another dementia

·        Middle-aged individuals can develop Alzheimer’s as well; approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association has local chapters across the nation, providing services within each community. Find a chapter near you.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) offers information and advice to more than 300,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association host face-to-face support groups and educational sessions in communities nationwide.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association connect people across the globe through our online message boards, ALZConnected®. Our online community is ready to answer your questions and give you support.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association provide caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage caregiving.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association helps people find clinical studies through our free, easy-to-use matching service  Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®. TrialMatch connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.

•   The Alzheimer’s Associations free online tool, Alzheimer’s Navigator®, helps those facing the disease to determine their needs and develop an action plan, and our online Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive database of programs and service, housing and care services, and legal experts.

•   The Alzheimer’s Association houses the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library, the nation’s largest library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Its Alzheimer’s Month- check out this link to learn about signs and symptoms to watch out for http://www.alzinfo.org/about-alzheimers/signs-and-symptoms

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