June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s, dementia, and related conditions are an important health concern, and will continue to be so as the baby-boom generation ages.  According to the Alzheimer’s Association, currently 47 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  These diseases can be very difficult not only on the person suffering them but on their family members as well, who have to watch their loved one mentally slip away.  Because Alzheimer’s and dementia are so difficult for everyone affected by them, the month of June has been set aside as a national month of awareness.*

In our library we have a number of publications on Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other brain conditions that can serve as helpful resources for families, practitioners, and researchers.  If someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or if you have a family history of the disease and want to learn more, Colorado State University has published two fact sheets that explain the disease:  Alzheimer’s and Dementia and Alzheimer’s DiseaseFor health practitioners and others looking for more technical information, or to learn about what the State of Colorado is doing to address Alzheimer’s, see the Colorado State Alzheimer’s Disease PlanSearch our library’s online catalog for further resources.

*Alzheimer’s awareness is also commemorated with National Alzheimer’s Disease Month in November.  That is the month when caregivers are specially recognized.