As the leaves begin to fall, look and see how many of them turn purple. That’s the official color used to draw attention to World Alzheimer’s Month and Alzheimer’s Action Day on Sept. 21. According to recent data from the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors will die from this disease or another dementia. It is projected that Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $203 billion this year. These costis expected to grow to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
Everyone can do his or her part to bring attention—and funds for research, care and support—to this devastating disease that also takes its toll on families and caregivers. Support your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants. Even better, round up a few sponsors and step into being part of the solution.
September is also a great time to…
Focus on falls and fall prevention. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) will be holding its 6th annual national Falls Prevention Awareness Day(FPAD)on Sept.22. It’s a great time to review fall prevention programs with staff.
This year’s theme is Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time. Its message is that everyone—healthcare professionals, seniors, caregivers and family members—has a role in raising awareness of the causes and ways to prevent falls from happening.
The NCOA offers suggestions and activities to bring falls awareness to your community.
It’s never too late…
to let your residents and their families know how important vaccines are to healthy senior living. August is National Immunization Month. Not only are seniors at risk for certain diseases, but they can also be more vulnerable to complications.
Check medical records to ensure that your residents’ immunizations are up to date. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommend that older adults get immunizations to protect them from the flu, pneumonia, shingles, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
Pneumonia is the cause of 40,000 deaths in America each year. A one-time immunization against pneumonia is essential for good senior health.