1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Surprised? Well, June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month for the Alzheimer’s Association and its many chapters throughout the United States. Right now, they are stepping up their efforts to educate – using facts like the one above – and spread the word about the debilitating disease.

If you’ve ever had someone with dementia in your life, then you know what a toll it can take on loved ones who provide care. You may also understand hopelessness, as Alzheimer’s cannot be prevented or cured. In fact, it is the only disease in the top ten causes of death in America that meets those disheartening criteria.

If you are a caregiver, please be aware of signs of dementia in your loved ones. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, only 45% of those with the disease and their caregivers say that they were told of the diagnosis, as compared to 90% of those with cancer and heart disease. Early detection is vital for making decisions about quality of life or even getting a second opinion.

10 important indicators of dementia include:

1) Life-disrupting memory loss

2) Challenges in planning or problem-solving

3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks

4) Confusion with time or place

5) Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships

6) New problems with speaking or writing

7) Frequently misplacing things and being unable to find them

8) Decreased or poor judgment

9) Withdrawal from work or social activities

10) Changes in mood and personality

While these may seem like typical signs of aging, if they happen consistently and with increasingly negative effects, they may indicate Alzheimer’s. If this sounds like you or your loved one, please see a doctor as soon as possible, and do not be afraid to get a second opinion.