For the past few months, I’ve been writing about a different charity or cause of the month. Today, I want to talk about Alzheimer’s Awareness. The goal of this cause is to spread knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease so that every person has some knowledge about it. I am going to go over what the disease is, prevention, treatment, and what you can do to help this cause.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative disease of the brain, and it is actually the most common form of dementia. Due to the breakdown of critical parts of the brain, people with Alzheimer’s never fully recover from their symptoms, which can cause severe impairment. A few common symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease are: memory loss, disorientation, mood changes (typically resulting in anger), difficulty with motor functions, and loss of appetite. Alzheimer’s can also cause depression and worsen other conditions.

Can Alzheimer’s be prevented?

Alzheimer’s can be prevented in more than 99% of cases. Prevention techniques include maintaining an active lifestyle, eating a nutritious diet, engaging in social and intellectual activities, and avoiding head trauma. Although none of these habits will guarantee success, studies have shown that following these tips will lessen your risk or delay the age in which you contract Alzheimer’s. The good news is that Alzheimer’s is only a genetic guarantee for less than 1% of the population and it is not a sure part of getting older.

How is Alzheimer’s treated?

Alzheimer’s does not currently have a cure, however, there are plenty of options for treatment, depending on the symptoms exhibited. For example, there are medications for memory loss. Treatment for other symptoms (such as behavior changes, depression, and sleep trouble) typically start with non-drug treatment and may change over time. Promoting a positive environment is one major treatment for these kinds of symptoms. Finally, there are alternative treatments, which may or may not be safe. It is important that any patient with Alzheimer’s talk to their doctor before starting any alternative treatment.

What can you do to help?

Helping the cause of Alzheimer’s is easy. You can donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, which funds research on treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s. You can also promote a healthy lifestyle in your immediate circle of friends and family, as well as share information about the cause. With your help, Alzheimer’s may one day have a cure.