June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month- an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
What's the impact in Texas?
• Texas is projected to have 490,000 people living with Alzheimer's by 2025
• In 2021 there were 1,769,000 hours of unpaid care provided in Texas
• The value of 2021 unpaid care in Texas is estimated to be $25,874,000
• 59% of caregivers in Texas report having at least one chronic condition
Know the 10 most common signs of Alzheimer's disease:
1. Memory that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time and place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Withdrawal from work or social activities
9. Changes in mood and personality