OKLAHOMA CITY-- June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month and this month the Alzheimer's Association needs your help to uncover the truth about this disease and dementia.
It is fatal and kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Alzheimer`s is not normal aging. It`s a progressive brain disease without any cure.
Alzheimer's kills nerve cells and tissue in the brain, affecting an individual`s ability to remember, think, plan and ultimately function.
Alzheimer`s is more than memory loss. It appears through a variety of signs and symptoms
Join in the Go Purple! Movement
This is a way to raise awareness to the warnings signs of this disease and how to recognize them in yourself and others.
It is also a way to show support for those affected.
The Longest Day Event is coming up on June 20.
This is a signature event for the Alzheimer`s Association.
Held on the summer solstice, teams across the globe honor those facing Alzheimer's disease with strength, heart and endurance.
From sunrise to sunset, teams participate by putting their passion to good work; doing what they love, trying something new or selecting an activity that honors a friend or family member.
In 2015, 2,300 teams took part in physical activities like running and biking, hobbies such as bridge, baking and reading, and honoring family members by doing some of their favorite things like fishing, sailing and dancing.
It`s not too late to register your team and join people across the globe in honoring those facing the disease and their caregivers.