• June 14, 2021

The Month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

The Month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

The Month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month 150 150 Elect Todd Hunter

This year, the month of June has been designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. When people think of being healthy, generally we think of our external physical health. However, officials with the Alzheimer’s Association want to remind everyone that mental health is just as important. Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month began to bring attention to different brain diseases, educate communities about their effects and provide support to those individuals and families struggling with this condition.

Brain disorders come in several forms. Dementia is the general term used to describe a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia as more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Scientists do not fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but we do know that age is the best-known risk factor for the disease.

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information. This is because Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain, it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood, and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time, and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends, and professional caregivers; and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking. Just like the rest of our bodies, our brains change as we age. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering things. However, serious memory loss, confusion, and other major changes in the way our minds work may be a sign that brain cells are failing.

People with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it hard to recognize they have a problem. Signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends. If you have noticed these symptoms with your loved ones, help is available. The Alzheimer’s Association is a great source of information and has many tools to help. For more information visit Alzheimer’s Association. They also have a 24-hour helpline that can be used to access reliable information and support. Their phone number is: 1-800-272-3900. For more information from the CDC, please visit Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.

If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns, or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672