November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging individuals to learn more about Alzheimer’s and find ways to show support for those who have the disease.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)— The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging individuals to learn more about Alzheimer’s and find ways to show support for those who have the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is considered the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States, even though it is not a normal part of aging, says DHEC.

The disease destroys memory and most people who have it are 65 years and older. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years.

More than 90,000 South Carolinians live with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) says more than 6.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.

The AFA gives a few tips to support those with the disease:

  • Wear teal. The color is calming and comforting to those with the disease
  • Call the AFA’s National Helpline (866) 232-8484 if dementia care assistance is needed
  • Donate to research efforts that are working to find a cure

For more information, visit DHEC’s Alzheimer’s awareness page.

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