Monthly Wellness Topic for June

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms may eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. It’s important to understand that Alzheimer’s is a brain disease—it’s not a normal part of aging.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time meant to reinforce that your brain is a vital organ. It manages your ability to communicate, make decisions and live a full, independent life.

What causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

That is not fully understood, but it’s believed that serval factors are involved:

  • Age is the best know risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease

  • Genetics likely play a role

  • Evidence suggests risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease

  • Serous head injuries are linked to future risk of Alzheimer’s

Is there a cure?

Not yet, but there are treatments to slow memory loss and improve people’s quality of life. An early diagnosis may allow for more effective treatment. It also can help in maintaining healthy relationships between the person with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones because the cause of new behaviors is understood.

How can people prevent developing Alzheimer’s?

Research shows that a healthy lifestyle supports brain health and may help prevent Alzheimer’s. Here are recommendations from the NIH and the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Exercise regularly, which increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetable and whole grains, and limits sugar and saturated fats

  • Spend time with family and friends

  • Keep your mind active

  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol

  • Manage chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Don’t smoke

  • Limit alcohol consumption

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