Alzheimer's and other dementias are a growing public health issue, with over 50 million people currently diagnosed. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and it serves as an opportunity to learn more about brain health, increase research opportunities, and early interventions.
Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
If you have a brain, you are at risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, but ther are other factors that put you at an even higher risk.The purpose of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month is to embark on a path where you can learn what your risk factors are, and what you can do about them.
This awareness month also signifies a time to recognize caregivers and their essential support for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The June Summer solstice marks The Longest Day fundraiser that raises money for Alzheimer's research.
Importance of Brain Health
Simply put, how well you take care of your body now, determines how well your brain functions later. A healthy brain is key to a long and full life. It also helps you better communicate, problem solve, pay attention, and so much more. Although research is allowing us to learn more, there is strong evidence that you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline by making some simple lifestyle changes.
Tips to Keep your Brain Sharp:
- Exercising regularly increases blood and oxygen flow to your brain.
- Learning a new skill, hobby, or taking formal education classes can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
- Smoking affects the blood vessels that carry the essential nutrients and oxygen to the brain. By quitting, you reduce your risk to levels of someone who never smoked.
- Chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease all affect the way our blood vessels perform, and ultimately the supply of nutrients to the brain. By managing chronic conditions, you can help protect it from the harmful effects of these conditions.
- Eat a healthy diet. Research is limited, but specific foods have shown positive results for reducing the risk of cognitive decline.
- Sleep conditions like insomnia and sleep apnea can result in problems with memory and thinking.
How Research Studies and Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even the progression slowed. That's why research studies and their participants are so vital. Clinical research studies help pave the way for early detection, management, and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer's and other diseases.
To learn more about participating in our currently enrolling Alzheimer's research studies, call (281) 918-0048, or click to learn more at our McAllen location.