November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan originally designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month back in 1983.
At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s. Now, however, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.
Some signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Decreased or poor judgment
Additionally, older adults who experience hearing loss may be at increased risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of dementia also likely increases as hearing loss worsens.
How you can help:
- Become an advocate
- Participate in a fundraiser
- Volunteer for a clinical trial
- Get your and your loved ones’ hearing checked regularly
- Volunteer with the Raleigh Alzheimer’s Association chapter
Speak with an Audiologist in Raleigh
If you suspect that you or a loved one are at risk for hearing loss or are showing signs of hearing loss, contact Now Hear This® Audiology Clinic in Raleigh to schedule a hearing test appointment. Hearing loss has the ability to affect social and emotional well-being, and studies have shown that early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent early formation of dementia.