June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month: Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

June 14, 2024
2 min
Sam Madison, COO

As June continues, it's important to recognize two significant awareness campaigns that intersect in profound ways: Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. These campaigns shed light on the critical need for proactive planning and preparedness when it comes to brain health. Alzheimer's disease, a devastating form of dementia, affects millions of individuals and their loved ones worldwide. As the disease progresses, it robs individuals of their cognitive abilities, memory, and ultimately, their independence. Brain health is intrinsically linked to overall well-being, and maintaining it should be a priority for everyone.

One of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia is the unpredictable nature of the disease progression. Caregivers, whether family members or professionals, often find themselves navigating uncharted territories, unsure of what lies ahead. This is where the importance of documenting the disease's progression through video and images becomes invaluable. Capturing the progression through visual documentation can provide invaluable insights into the journey of an Alzheimer's patient. By recording the subtle changes in behavior, cognitive function, and physical abilities over time, caregivers can better understand the individual's unique needs and adjust their care approach accordingly.

These visual records can also serve as powerful tools for healthcare professionals, enabling them to assess the disease's progression more accurately and make informed decisions about treatment and care plans. Additionally, documenting the patient's baseline cognitive and functional abilities can help caregivers and medical professionals better recognize and respond to any deviations or changes that may occur.

Individuals living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia may be at higher risk for cardiac events or other medical emergencies that require immediate intervention. Advance care planning is a crucial step in ensuring that an individual's wishes and preferences are respected, even when they are unable to communicate them directly. By documenting their desires regarding resuscitation efforts, hospitalization, and end-of-life care, individuals can empower their caregivers and healthcare providers to make informed decisions on their behalf. Thanacare's platform allows caregivers a space to have these discussions, record decisions and disease progressions, and share with loved ones and other care team members.

Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month serves as vital reminders of the importance of proactive planning and preparedness. By documenting the progression of Alzheimer's through video and images, caregivers can gain a deeper understanding of the individual's needs and better advocate for their care.

As we commemorate these awareness campaigns, let us collectively commit to prioritizing brain health, embracing proactive planning, and empowering ourselves and our loved ones to face the challenges ahead with resilience and compassion.

If you are interested in starting a conversation about what matters most when it comes to your care wishes, schedule with Thanacare today.