NHM Health Focus: Alzheimer's Awareness Month
"Alzheimers ( AHLZ-high-merz ) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a persons memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimers progresses, individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations." Alzheimer's Association
Scientific research, including clinical trials and genetics studies, has revealed a great deal of useful information that can be applied to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimers, but there is much still to be learned about the disease.
Alzheimer's research can also work to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's, their families, friends and caretakers by identifying ways to help patients learn new skills, caretakers cope with continuing challenges, and friends and family understand the changes in their loved one.
The onset of Alzheimer's Disease in a friend or family member can be disturbing to people of any age. It is particularly difficult for children who may be living in the same household as someone with Alzheimer's. Articles such as Your Brain: More Powerful than a Wizard, More Complex than a Computer can help children and teens understand the disease, and help them develop healthy relationships with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to the brain and brain health: