Every 67 seconds in America, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There is currently no cure for the disease and unless one is found, that number will soar to every 33 seconds by the year 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
More research is needed before scientific experts can definitively say that preventive strategies are useful. In her recent Huffington Post article, “5 Ways You Can Help Reduce the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease,” Sunrise Senior Living’s VP of Memory Care & Programming Services, Rita Altman, explains there are five main things that we can all do right now to reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Eat a brain healthy diet.
- Make exercise a regular part of your day.
- Manage your stress.
- Keep learning.
- Protect your brain.
As National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month comes to a close this November, let’s not forget the importance of finding a cure, which requires more funding to support continued research. Until a cure is found, taking these proactive measures may help promote healthy brain aging, as well as overall physical well-being.
Join Rita Alman, vice president of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise care team for a live, interactive Twitter chat online Thursday, December 18, 1-2 p.m. as we host a special holiday-focused discussion on caregiving.
There's good news for the senior community. A new blood test may be able to detect whether people will develop Alzheimer's disease about a decade before its onset. This test would be able to detect the condition far earlier than any test currently available, Bloomberg News noted.
If one thing is most memorable about Tom Magliozzi, it's his laugh. He was a co-host of the weekly radio broadcast "Car Talk" with his brother Ray Magliozzi. Tom Magliozzi died on Nov. 3 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 77, NPR stated.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the largest and most serious health issues facing seniors in the U.S. A condition as tragic as it is misunderstood, it touches millions of Americans. November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and it's a perfect time for seniors and family members alike to familiarize themselves with the realities of the disease.