June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month. We know there are over 5.3 million individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. It is important to remember the people this number represents – the individuals living with the disease and their caregivers. These individuals are our family members, friends, neighbors, and community members.

We should always be taking steps to create awareness and support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but we challenge you to do something extra during the month of June. Here are some ideas:

  • Purple is the Alzheimer’s awareness color: Encourage your co-workers to wear purple at work on a designated day
  • Talk with a friend about any experiences you have had with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Learn one new thing about Alzheimer’s and share what you have learned
  • Volunteer to spend more time with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia
  • Watch a video related to Alzheimer’s disease with your family (Alive Inside, Still Alice, and The Genius of Marian are a few options)
  • Spread awareness on your Facebook page
  • Donate to research!

We need to increase our community’s awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s so we can fight the stigma and isolation that can come with it. More awareness and understanding can lead to additional research and advancements. Raise awareness this month for your family, friends, neighbors, and community members that are currently impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or may one day be impacted!

If you are impacted by dementia and looking for more education and support, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin to get connected to the Dementia Care Specialist by calling 800-514-0066.