June is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month!  Learn facts about Alzheimers and how to reduce your risk of developing this progressive form of dementia.

Reducing your Risk of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that affects nearly 6.5 million people in the United States. It affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.  Scientists are working to understand its causes and develop effective treatments. More evidence is emerging that healthy behaviors can lower the risk for Alzheimer’s.


Lifestyle and Alzheimer’s

Promoting healthy aging and reducing the risk of dementia is a national priority.  A CDC study of risk factors for dementia identified the following factors as ways to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's:

  • Prevent and manage high blood pressure. Tens of millions of American adults have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control.
  • Manage blood sugar. Learn how to manage your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Healthy eating and regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be physically active. Physical activity can improve thinking, reduce risk of depression and anxiety, and help you sleep better.
  • Quit smoking. Quitting smoking now may help maintain brain health and can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Free Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • Avoid excessive drinking. If you drink, do so in moderation.
  • Prevent and correct hearing loss. Make sure to talk to a hearing care professional to treat and manage hearing loss.
  • Get enough sleep. A third of American adults report that they usually get less sleep than the recommended amount. How much sleep do you need? It depends on your age.


Alzheimer's Resources

CDC Healthy Aging Program

Caring for Caregivers

Healthy Body, Healthier Brain

Alzheimer’s Disease International

Learn more about Alzheimer's Disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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