June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Created by the Alzheimer’s Association in 2014, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is dedicated to encouraging a global conversation about the brain and Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It has been reported over 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers these five suggestions to promote brain health and to help Americans restore their mental well-being:
- Recommit to Brain-Healthy Basics
- Return to Normal at Your Own Pace from the COVID pandemic
- Help Others
- Unplug and Disconnect
- Control Your Stress Before It Controls You
Further research suggests, lifestyle interventions, including diet, may play in protecting cognitive function. Right now, many experts agree that people can reduce the risk of cognitive decline by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, preferably in combination, that include: regular physical activity, a healthy heart diet, proper sleep, engage in social and mental activities that engage your mind.
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