November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month  

Oct 17, 2022 | Fall 2022, Newsletter

Alzheimer’s disease is a serious condition that most commonly affects older adults of any background or origin, especially among people whose family has a history of Alzheimer’s. As we get older, it is encouraged to get checked up and get a diagnosis. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and it is an especially good reminder to learn more about this type of dementia, how to spot it, and how to cope with it. Whether it’s during November or any other time of the year, understanding Alzheimer’s disease can improve the quality of life for those with previously undiagnosed Alzheimer’s.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of 2020, 5.8 million Americans are known to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and this number is expected to triple to 14 million by 2060. While it is commonly assumed to only affect older adults, the disease can also affect individuals under age 65. Though the risk is much lower among younger people, the risk increases with age, doubling every five years beyond age 65.

Some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s include memory loss that disrupts daily life, trouble with money or bills, decreased or poor judgment, difficulty completing daily tasks, and changes in mood personality, or behaviors. While there is no known cure for this disease, early diagnosis can help with treatment to manage the symptoms, slow the disease’s progress, and maintain brain health.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is a time to help raise awareness of this disease and to show support for those living with it. There are a number of ways you can help raise awareness, show support, and fight Alzheimer’s disease.

To learn more about promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.