Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Here are some facts about Alzheimer’s!

 

What is Alzheimer’s? 

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.

    • Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. 
  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process.
    • The most common risk factor is age since most Alzheimer’s patients are over the age of 65. 
    • About 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s. 
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time. 
    • At the beginning, memory loss is mild, but people with late-stage Alzheimer’s can’t carry on a conversation or respond to their environment. 
  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
    • On average, people with Alzheimer’s live 8 years after their symptoms become noticeable. 
  • Alzheimer’s has no cure, but there are treatments available as the research continues. 
    • Alzheimer’s treatments can stop symptoms from worsening. 

For more information, go to http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

Symptoms of Alzheimers

  • Difficulty Remembering Information that was Newly Learned
  • Disorientation
  • Mood Changes
  • Behavior Changes
  • Deepening Confusion About Events, Time, and Place
  • Unfounded Suspicions About Family, Friends, and Professional Caregivers
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Difficulty Walking 
  • Difficulty Swallowing

For more information, go to http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Environment
  • Lifestyle
  • Coexisting Medical Conditions

For more information, go to http://www.alz.org/research/science/alzheimers_prevention_and_risk.asp

 

Alzheimer’s Prevention

  • Regular Physical Activity
  • Healthy Diet
  • Maintaining Strong Social Connections
  • Maintaining Mental Activity
  • Preventing Head Trauma

For more information, go to http://www.alz.org/research/science/alzheimers_prevention_and_risk.asp

Information Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association