Alzheimer’s Disease has a devastating impact on the senior population. Nearly 1 in 3 seniors die with it, or another form of dementia. That’s more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
There are 47 million people worldwide, and 5.7 million people in the U.S who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds in the U.S alone. Early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s could result in a $7.9 trillion savings in medical and care costs.
The Alzheimer’s Association has declared June National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness and promote a global conversation about the serious impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as other dementias.
Research is showing that people can take action to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias from occurring down the road.
Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s
Exercise – Moderate levels of cardiovascular and strength training exercises have been shown to have a distinct benefit on the brain. This can be running, biking, lifting, or yoga.
Diet – A reduction in sugars and a Mediterranean diet can have a positive impact on the reduction of Alzheimer’s. This means more fish, vegetables, whole grains and olive oil.
Social Network – Volunteering, joining a club, or other in-person involvement in your social network can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias from settling in.
Sleep – Most adults need up to 8 hours of sleep per night, and many fall short of that amount. A lack of sleep can put you at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Stress Management – Taking simple steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life can help ward off Alzheimer’s. Breathing techniques, meditation, daily relaxation and other soothing activities can help.
Intellectual Stimulation – A new mental activity such as learning a new language, memorizing a list, or playing strategic games can help keep your mind healthy and engaged.
Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias can have a devastating impact on the senior population. Are you doing everything you can in your daily life to minimize your risk to Alzheimer’s? At RampNow, we advocate for the health of the senior population. If you have questions, or to learn more about our business, contact us today!