June is National Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, available resources, and how people can get involved to support the cause. An estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. On June 21, 2018, the Alzheimer’s Association celebrated The Longest Day to help raise funds and awareness for the disease, as well as to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s with a day of activity. You can raise awareness by wearing purple, or by partaking in the “Purple Pledge” online.
The Social Security Administration includes early onset Alzheimer’s on its list of conditions under the Compassionate Allowances initiative, giving those with the disease expedited access to Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits. The Compassionate Allowance List also includes less common brain diseases such as: Adult-onset Huntington disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Pick’s disease – Type A, Lewy body dementia, Mixed dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), and The ALS Parkinsonism Dementia Complex.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/abam/
By: Joyce Trudeau of Premier Disability Services, LLC®