June 28, 2023

Alzheimer’s Affects More Than 6 Million Americans: Shine A Light This June During Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month

 Alzheimer’s — one simple word recognized across the world — triggers fear in each of us. It’s likely that we all know someone who suffers from this debilitating disease that robs one of their memory and cognitive abilities. While ongoing research to better understand and find a cure for this progressive disease has yielded two new treatments, it remains an enigma to those in the field of medical science.

To raise awareness and funds and ultimately bring an end to Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association has declared June to be Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Anyone touched by this disease is encouraged to donate, volunteer and share their stories in support of #ENDALZ. On June 21, the summer solstice and longest day of the year, people are invited to “fight the darkness” through a fundraising activity of their choice.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2023 Facts and Figures estimates that 6.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Of those, 4.1 million are women. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and typically affects people 65 and older. However, early-onset Alzheimer’s is believed to affect approximately 200,000 Americans between the ages of 30 and 64.

Little is known about the causes of early-onset Alzheimer’s, though genetics may play a role according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Adults in the age range of 30-64 who may be experiencing significant memory issues are encouraged to seek medical advice from an expert in Alzheimer’s. While there is no definitive test to diagnose this disease, trained doctors will conduct comprehensive evaluations that may include brain imaging, cognitive tests or other neurological exams. 

When Alzheimer’s or other dementias interfere with a person’s ability to work, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide critical financial support and Medicare benefits. In fact, the Social Security Administration, which oversees the SSDI program, lists Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease as a condition that qualifies for a compassionate allowance resulting in faster benefit approval.

Allsup’s experts have a 39-year track record of helping people with disabilities apply for and receive the benefits they earned while working. We understand the ins and outs of the complex SSDI system and can help people quickly determine if they are eligible. While SSDI applicants wait for a determination, our new service, Disability Financial SolutionsSM , can provide valuable financial resources to assist with debt, everyday household expenses and much more. 

Visit the Alzheimer’s Association for more information on how you can participate in Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in your community.  

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