Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, which is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. June is the month to wear purple and use your brain to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for the many events that are going on throughout the month.

Some facts about Alzheimer’s:

  • More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease
  • One in three elderly patients dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Sixth leading fatality in the United States
  • 15 million caregivers give 18 billion hours of their time, unpaid to care for loved ones
  • It will cost America 236 billion dollars this year to care for Alzheimer’s patients
  • May cost up to one trillion dollars by 2050 if a cure has not been found

Here are the 10 early signs:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

Here are 12 things that could help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease:

  1. Eat fish
  2. Play Sudoku
  3. Drink Juice
  4. Play Video games
  5. Get Your Flu shot
  6. Enjoy Coffee
  7. Have a Healthy BMI
  8. Meditate
  9. Get Some Sun
  10. Get a Full Nights Rest – six hours or more
  11. Reduce Your Sugar
  12. Be Social – connect with family and friends

What can you do for better brain health?

  • Exercise at least 3-5 times a week
  • Hobbies like puzzles, games or other mental stimulation
  • Eating a Mediterranean diet
  • Sleeping for six hours or more
  • Connecting with family and friends, and socializing regularly

 Check out these e-books at Bellevue University Library

Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey

 

 

 

 

At Wit’s End: Plain Talk on Alzheimer’s for Families and Clinicians

 

 

 

 

 A Return Journey: Hope and Strength in the Aftermath of Alzheimer’s

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

Alzheimer’s Association   https://www.alz.org/

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month  https://healthybrains.org/alzheimers-and-brain-awareness-month/

FAQs about Alzheimer’s  https://www.alzcottages.com/blog/alzheimers-and-brain-awareness-month-faqs-about-alzheimers/

13 ways to honor Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month  https://www.leisurecare.com/resources/alzheimers-awareness-month/

10 ways to love your brain  https://www.alzheimers-illinois.org/ABAM/

12 Ways to Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease  https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/12-ways-to-help-prevent-alzheimers-disease/?utm_pagetype=long

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