Changes in cognition are a normal part of aging, but dementia is not

There are 150,000 Georgians living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. No matter how common it may be, dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Although Alzheimer's disease represents 60%-80% of dementia diagnoses, there are several other forms of dementia, including Vascular, Lewy Body and others that occur in association with conditions like Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease. 

As Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month winds down, the effort to spread awareness and provide resources continues year-round. The Division of Aging Services has resources and information that provide support for people with dementia and their families. 

Here are some things you can share:

  • Encourage everyone with Medicare to get screened for dementia during their Annual Wellness Visit
  • Do you know someone who is concerned about memory issues? Tell them about Memory Assessment Clinics available through the Georgia Memory Net. 
  • Like DHS on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GADHS to read and share messages about Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Share a photo of yourself wearing purple and fill in the blank: “I go purple for [insert name of person]” OR “I go purple because [your why].” Make sure to tag our pages and include #EndALZ

Join us as we raise awareness, support our fellow Georgians and take action to improve the lives of individuals and families living with dementia.