June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to the millions of individuals’ world-wide, family members, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Every 60 seconds someone in the US develops this disease according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60-80 percent of cases and is not a normal part of the aging process.
Alzheimer’s is more than occasional memory loss, the disease causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, a person may forget the name of a longtime friend or how return to a home where they’ve lived for several years. These signs and symptoms worsen as the disease progresses. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s but growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. Staying physically active as well as mentally, and maintaining a healthy diet all allow for maximum benefits for the brain and body.
It’s important for family, friends, and our communities to recognize the urgency and necessity of Alzheimer’s treatment in the years to come. When faced with this disease there is a lot to consider, talk with your family and doctor to decide what course of action/treatment is right for you- making sure you understand all available options.
Click on the link below to review the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.