CareZone | Alzheimer’s 101

We want to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia because June is Brain Awareness Month. With over 5.4 million Americans suffering from the disease, it’s important to know the risk factors of Alzheimer’s because there are things you can do that may prevent or delay it.

Dementia is defined by memory loss and brain changes that impact our ability to care for ourselves. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.

The #1 risk for developing dementia is age. Other risk factors include heavy alcohol use, a history of head injuries and strokes, a strong family history of dementia, certain chronic health conditions, social isolation, and depression.

Here are 5 things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing dementia:

• Exercise regularly–even walking makes a big difference.
• Control your blood pressure.Moderate how much alcohol you drink.
• Eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruits.
• Stay engaged with your friends and family.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and access helpful resources from the Alzheimer’s Association. Visit their website at http://www.alz.org/abam/

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