7 Ways to Support Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a month-long opportunity to highlight the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and elevate our brain health. That means the next few weeks are a golden opportunity for individuals and healthcare workers from all walks of life to be a part of creating better outcomes for everyone.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia with an estimated 5.8 million people in the United States being affected. Given the current trajectory, the number of Americans diagnosed is expected to rise above 14 million by 2060 with African Americans and Latinx people seeing the greatest proportional increase.

This represents an incredible challenge for the millions of caregivers and healthcare workers in America today. Continuing education content like Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Cognitive Decline, an Introduction by Premiere is a great start, and it’s going to take the support of the entire medical community, nonprofit foundations, and everyday people to chip in and start making a difference.

If Alzheimer's or dementia has affected someone you love, or you’re just looking for a way to get involved, here are 7 simple ways to get the ball rolling.

1. Go Purple in June

Purple is the official color of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and adding a splash of color is one of the easiest ways to spread the message. It’s a great way to raise awareness through your social or professional circles and start creating conversations.

You can contribute to the cause (and have a little fun!) with these simple activities:

  • Pick a date for your professional organization to wear purple in solidarity.
  • Work with the vendors that support your company or business to offer purple-themed foods or desserts.
  • Create purple-themed decorations for your work or personal space.
  • Host a purple social event and consider prizes for those committed to showing the power of purple.
  • Go purple on your social media accounts and spread awareness virtually.
  • Create healthy competition amongst different groups in your workplace with a purple-themed contest.

 

2. Toolkits

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has library toolkits for educating your community on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia that are ready to go for anyone who wants to pick one up. With everything you need in one package to spread the word about improving brain health while supporting those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia, it doesn’t get any easier.

The Alzheimer's Association also has toolkits designed for K-12 students and schools. With educational content created for each age group, these kits contain information on important topics like:

  • Healthy brain behaviors
  • How the brain works
  • Alzheimer’s simulation
  • Avoiding stigmatization of those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Healthy ways to love your brain
  • Signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for

 

And if your community doesn’t have any Alzheimer’s toolkits like these? You can take the lead on content creation!

3. Spread the News on the 10 Ways to Love Your Brain

If you’re looking for free resources, the Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 Ways to Love Your Brain is an excellent place to start. This curated list covers all the basics for keeping your brain in great shape and leading a healthier life, and it includes helpful information on:

  • Smoking, heart disease, and their impact on cognitive health
  • Safety and the value of helmets
  • Diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene
  • Staying socially active and informed

4. Alzheimer’s Association Online Education Center

Education is the beginning of better futures, and the Alzheimer’s Association Online Education Center offers resources on a wide range of brain health topics for both people dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia as well as their loved ones.

You can get it in both English and Spanish, and by spending a little time exploring you’ll be equipped with the insight and information you need to make an impact.

5. Share Your Story

Social media platforms are today’s top way to get the word out on any critical topic, and by using the hashtag #ENDALZ you can seize the opportunity to share your story. It’s an effective way to honor a loved one who has passed or encourage those battling decline to keep fighting.

No matter what your journey has been, reading personal stories and detailing the hardships that accompany Alzheimer’s and dementia personalizes the power of purple for everyone your message reaches.

6. Volunteer

There is an urgent need for volunteers willing to support the cause, and if you’re a healthcare worker, educator, or just willing to lend a hand, there are undoubtedly great ways your skills can be put to good use.

Do you have a passion for educating others?  Are you good at public speaking? Consider volunteering as a community educator. With a commitment that only takes a few hours a month, you can help deliver education that is flexible and easy to learn to the members of your community.

If teaching and public speaking aren’t your thing, volunteering at a fundraising event, participating in clinical trials, or simply cheering people on at a local walk or cycling event can make a huge difference. Finding a volunteer opportunity is easier than you think, and there’s nothing better for your brain health than knowing you made a difference.

7. Donate

If the gift of time isn’t something you can spare at the moment, a traditional monetary gift is always an appreciated and meaningful way to help. Tremendous resources are put into events like Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month by charitable organizations around the country, and all of it requires dedicated donors to succeed.

Donations can be made over the phone or by mail and can be generously offered in the name of someone you love. You can set up a monthly donation, sponsor a walker at one of the Alzheimer’s Association events, or contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day initiative.

Support Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month by Learning More

The foundation of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is education. Alzheimer’s and dementia are devastating diseases that, until we find a cure, must be addressed through prevention initiatives and symptomatic management.

A great deal of that work falls on the shoulders of our healthcare institutions and workers. Premiere’s coursework like Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Cognitive Decline, an Introduction and Fundamentals of Alzheimer’s Disease for Healthcare Providers by Megan Arbour PhD, RN, CNM, CNE, and Trisha Mareno offer essential knowledge on the topic every professional needs to know.

All content by Premiere is created by industry experts and puts the power of meeting your professional obligations and serving the people in your care at the tips of your fingers on any screen.

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