June 1, 2019
June is Alzheimer’s & brain awareness month. Did you know that over 50 million people worldwide are living with some type of dementia? Alzheimer’s is probably the most well known. It is an irreversible brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Symptoms usually develop slowly and they can vary, which may lead some people to think that these are just a normal part of aging. Here are 10 early signs, compiled by the Alzheimer’s Association:
Scientists believe it’s a combination of genetics, lifestyle and environment. We know that in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease plaque forms and tangles neurons, which disrupts functions and eventually kills them off. New research suggests that people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Other conditions that cause vascular damage, such as high blood pressure and stroke, can also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
FOR YOU & YOUR LOVED ONES: There’s growing evidence that you can reduce your risk by adopting some healthy brain habits. These include reading and challenging your mind by learning something new. You can also ward off cognitive decline by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and quitting smoking. Early detection is also important. If you notice any of the warning signs, make an appointment with your doctor at Riverside Medical Clinic. An early diagnosis means early access to treatment that can help a person stay independent longer. There are new drugs available that can relieve symptoms and also clinical trials that may help lead to a cure. To make an appointment, call 951-683-6370.
FOR OUR FUTURE: The Alzheimer’s Association asks everyone to wear purple this month to raise awareness. Then on June 21, the longest day of the year, people all over the world will come together to fight Alzheimer’s with fundraisers. Look for the hashtags #EndAlz and #TheLongestDay to find ways you can help.
FOR CAREGIVERS: Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? Riverside Medical Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Group provides a place for you to share information and receive encouragement as you discuss symptom management, stress and more. Call 951-682-2753 for up-to-date meeting information.