June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, which makes this a great time to learn more about this disease and how you can join the efforts to fight and end Alzheimer’s. This is also a great time to learn about healthy lifestyle behaviors that can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Did you Know…
- More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease
- 13 million Americans are projected to have Alzheimer’s by 2050
- Every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers these 8 tips to promote better brain health and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline:
Break a sweat — Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body.
Hit the books — Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
Butt out — Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
Fuel up right — Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
Catch some Zzz's — Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
Take care of your mental health — Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.
Buddy up — Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community—if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter.
Stump yourself — Challenge and activate your mind. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.
Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s
Interested in joining the fight to end Alzheimer’s? Spread the word on social media, participate in an event or start a fundraising campaign. Everything you need to know on how to get involved can be found here.
You can also visit here to find information about how to get involved with your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter.
Resources and Support for Alzheimer’s
Are you or someone you know living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias? No one should face Alzheimer’s alone, help and support are available.
24/7 helpline: 800.272.3900