Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. It is a month to bring awareness and support to those individuals and family members that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, including 5 million Americans. This number could rise as high as 16 million by 2050. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age.
Know the Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
- Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- The cause of Alzheimer’s is not fully known, but believed to be a combination of genetics and environment factors.
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
Love Your Brain
Here are a few ways you can show appreciation to your brain this month:
- Get plenty of sleep! Not getting enough sleep may result in problems with memory and thinking.
- Hit the books! Education at any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
- Be careful! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Therefore, wear your seatbelt, use a helmet, and take steps to prevent accidents and falls.
- No smoking, please! Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. By quitting smoking, you can reduce that risk to level comparable to those who have not smoked.
- Get up and exercise! Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
How to Show your Support:
There are many ways to show your support, such as donating to Alzheimer’s research and participating in local awareness functions. And, in June you can show your support by taking the Purple Pledge and by wearing purple.
Take the Purple Pledge: Help turn the world purple. Commit to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
Wear Purple: Wear purple on Wednesday, June 21st. On this day, Americans across the country will wear purple for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month.
If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, do not hesitate to get help. All Best Home Care offers a variety of personalized services that could be greatly beneficial. Give us a call today at (502) 456-2273, or read more about our services here.