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Alzheimer's Awareness Month

June 7, 2017

Human Resources

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June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. It's important to learn about the warning signs, as well as resources that can help. 

Unfortunately, Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Many of us are caring for someone that is struggling, which is a very difficult task. The person may be losing their memory, declining in functioning, and becoming agitated as a result of their condition. Alzheimer's and other brain issues are serious health problems that affect the entire family unit.

At the Employee Assistance Program, we recognize how scary and overwhelming it is to face such an issue. We are here to both listen and provide you and your loved ones helpful resources. The City has a Boston Alzheimer's Initiative, who are working to train first responders on how to properly care for a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Additionally, they are offering workshops for City of Boston staff on how to help folks that are caring for a loved one. 

The following organizations provide lots of helpful information on the topic. Learning the warning signs and symptoms may help you to discern if someone in your life is struggling with Alzheimer's or another disease. These sites also offer various resources for caregivers. As always, if this issue is touching your family and you aren't sure where to turn - the City of Boston EAP is available to work together with you. 

Alzheimer's Foundation, National toll-free Helpline 

Alzheimer's Association, Warning Signs and Symptoms 

National Institute on Aging, Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers 

Alzheimer's.Gov, Caregiver Resources