January 16, 2008

Alzheimer Awareness Month

In Canada, approximately 435,000 people aged 65 and over have dementia, with Alzheimer's disease representing about two-thirds of all dementia cases. By 2031, this number is expected to increase to over 750,000.

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and the Alzheimer Society is challenging all Canadians, young and old, to make brain health a personal commitment as it kicks off its nationwide awareness campaign, Heads Up for Healthier Brains!

Click here to learn practical action steps, based on current research, which you can take to improve your brain health. To find out about awareness activities in your community, contact the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

About Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disease that affects the brain and many of its functions including language, intellect and spatial orientation. It is the most common form of a group of degenerative brain diseases known as dementia. These diseases cannot be cured, reversed or stopped in their progression.

The symptoms of Alzheimer's resemble ordinary memory lapses. As the lapses become more frequent, people with Alzheimer's lose the ability to learn and remember anything new. Eventually, the brain loses the capacity to regulate elementary body functions and  people with Alzheimer's die of malnutrition, dehydration, infection or heart failure. The interval between the earliest symptoms varies from person to person but usually spans three to 20 years, with an average of eight to 12.

Today's treatments, which may include medications, are designed to reduce the symptoms and help both the patient and the family live through the course of the illness with greater dignity and less discomfort.
To learn more about the disease or find support for a family member with Alzheimer's contact The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. This society exists so that all Manitobans affected by Alzheimer's disease or other dementia receive the help they need today and have hope for the future.

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