November is American Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is American Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a term to describe a group of symptoms such as memory loss, loss of judgement and other intellectual functions. Alzheimer’s impacts memory, thinking and language skills, and the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America recommends 10 steps for healthy aging.

  1. Eat Healthy:

Eat a low-fat, high fruits and veggies diet. Foods that are heart healthy are generally brain healthy as well.

  1. Be Active:

Blood flow to the brain can be boosted with physical activity.

  1. Learn New Things:

Force your brain to think outside of its normal predictability. Challenge the brain by constantly learning and engaging it with new ideas and tasks.

  1. Have Enough Sleep:

Seven to Nine hours of sleep every night is ideal for normal brain health.

  1. Medication:

As you age meds can affect you differently. Make sure to talk with your Doctor and/or Pharmacist regularly about your meds.

  1. Limit Alcohol and Stop Smoking:

Too much alcohol can impair judgement and cause accidents. Smoking can increase the chances of a serious illness.

  1. Social Life:

Active social life is important for brain health, brain stimulation and your mood.

  1. Blood Pressure:

Make sure to check your blood pressure regularly because it can impact our cognitive functioning.

  1. Visit your Doctor:

Talk to your Doctor about any health concerns. Make appointments regularly for health screenings to help detect and prevent illnesses and diseases.

  1. Memory Screenings:

Memory screenings are a quick, easy, non-invasive exam for the brain.

For more resources on Alzheimer’s and Dementia you can visit the library or check out these resources we offer.

Alzheimer’s Disease may affect an individual’s sense of smell.